God is in the Business of Giving . . . by joe littlefield
October 5, 2014
God is in the business of giving. James 1:17 tells us every good and perfect gift comes from Him. Here are a few our presents:
The great gift giver gives us His Son (John 3:16), the greatest gift the created world will ever know. Because of His Son God gives us our salvation from sin, ourselves, and eternal separation from Him (1 Pet 1:9). With that He gives us new life (Eph 2:6) starting now. New life here; today – October 5, 2014. And God gives us life never ending (Rom 6:23). He places us in His family (Eph 2:19) as full heirs (Gal 4:7). Because of Jesus we are given forgiveness of sin (Col 2:13), redemption from bondage (1 Cor 6:19, 20), reconciliation (Rom 5:10) that brings peace with God (Phil 4:7) and acceptance as beloved children (Ephesians 1:6). We are justified as righteous (Rom 5:17) and loved with a love that cannot and will not ever end throughout all eternity (1 John 4:8).
We are given from God everything we need for godly living (2 Pet 1:3). We are given the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 2:12) who brings power and the gifting of the church (Rom 12:6). We are given repentance when we sin (2 Tim 2:25) and good works to walk in when we do not (Ephesians 2:10). And the faith we have that first accepts the glorious news of Jesus and His work- the faith that continues to walk in that work – the faith to hold on to these and other precious promises of God is itself a gift from the great gift giver (Eph 2:8). Truly, every good and perfect gift is from Him. He gives us all this and more. He is worthy our worship.