Posted by : Blyton Pinto | Relationships
There is something exciting about gifts. Whatever your age, there is no denying the fact that when you receive one, a sudden surge of excitement swells up in you. But is there a gift that is better than all others in every respect?
Different people react to gifts in different ways. Kids are very vocal and physically expressive whereas adults respond with restraint or in a subdued manner, but nonetheless, both age groups are undoubtedly happy. Some people like their gifts, some don’t; some use them whereas others preserve them. Some even re-gift while an extremely small number, even return the gift.
In your life, you would have either received gifts or presented some to others, at one time or the other. When buying a gift, I can only imagine the effort and care you put in choosing one. Only one thought pre-occupies your mind – making the recipient happy. If the recipient tells you that the gift is nice, you feel happy. It’s the same when you receive a gift. You look forward to receiving a nice gift, something useful to you or of sentimental value or something you longed for. A good gift makes your day and you definitely would thank the person who gave you the gift. That’s how important gifts are to us, in today’s world.
But how much ever good the gifts, after time has passed by, do you still easily remember all the gifts you have received in your life so far? Do you still have all those gifts with you? Even if you have them, are they in the same state as they were when you first received them? Even if they are as good as new, do they generate the same level of excitement as before? Even if they did, how long in the future do you think the excitement will sustain? Or finally, do you think you can hand it over as a legacy to your children or loved ones? Even if you could, do you think it will excite them enough to hand it over to their children? Will the gift last forever or even for a few generations?
Most of us are happy if a gift serves its purpose in the present time or the near future. We seldom think of a gift for a lifetime, leave alone inter-generational. That’s not to place fault on anyone, but probably we do that because the lifespan of any gift is limited by time, longevity, warranty etc. Even gifts that are purely for memory sake could lose their value if the relationship between the individuals sour or when families break up or when someone passes away. Long story short, no gift lasts forever. But that’s the reality of the physical world.
But there is a gift that truly has the potential to last for all eternity. By eternity I mean, beyond your life or even your children’s life. FOREVER. By now you know well that any created object cannot last forever. When I say created, I mean manufactured or handcrafted or given birth or anything else in nature existing on or off this planet. Even sickness doesn’t last forever. It is either cured or ends with the person. Can you show me one thing in the physical or material world that lasts forever? I’ll be happy to know through your comments. And if I stand corrected, I’ll count myself wiser, since I would have learned something new.
Then what is that gift that lasts forever? Obviously, it cannot be physical or material or man-made or even God created. If you eliminate all these candidates, who or what remains? It’s no one or nothing else but GOD HIMSELF. What? Wait a minute. What did I just say? GOD? What’s God got to do with gifting? How can one gift GOD to someone? Can I package Him like a nice gift and present Him to my children or loved one?
Of course you can, but definitely not in the same way as other gifts. This gift is different, hence it is packaged and presented in a different way. God is neither physical nor governed by the laws of physics or chemistry. Neither is He a memory, which fades away with the passage of time. None of the limitations of the physical world apply to Him. He is not bound by time and space. This poses a real challenge. How do we package such a gift? Before I address that, let’s talk about, why should you even consider God as a gift. I mean, doesn’t that sound crazy? Of all the amazing, cool and socially acceptable gifts available, why God?
James 1:17 – “All that is good, all that is perfect, is given us from above; it comes down from the Father of all light; with Him, there is no such thing as alteration, no shadow caused by change”
There are permanency and certainty with God. And from Him whatever we receive is good and perfect. This matches well with our desire to give a perfect and good life to our children or loved ones. What does God give us from above?
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave us His only Son”
God gave us Himself as a gift and continues to do so even today through our helper, the Holy Spirit. But who is God?
1 John 8 – “God is love”
And what is love?
1 Corinthians 13:4 – “Love is always patient, kind, never jealous, not boastful or conceited, never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offense or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing but finds its joy in truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes”
Don’t we all want our children or loved ones to be like this? Don’t WE want to be like this?
To emphasize how God’s presence has a positive impact on our lives;
Galatians 5:22 – “The effects of God’s presence in our life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control”
On the contrary, what happens if we do not have this gift called God?
1 Corinthians 13:1 – “If I know many languages but speak without love, I am just a noisy gong or clashing cymbal. Though I have power and knowledge to penetrate all mysteries and faith necessary to move mountains, if I am without love, I am nothing. Though I give away all my possessions to the poor, if I am without love, it will do me no good”
And to drill this lesson deeper into us, this is what happens if God is absent from our life;
Galatians 5:18 – “self-indulgence, sexual vice, impurity, and sensuality; the worship of false Gods and sorcery, antagonisms and rivalry, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels, disagreements, factions and malice, drunkenness, orgies and all such things”
In concluding, remember that you got to have a healthy balance in life. Yes, continue gifting your children and loved ones with material things on happy occasions – it’s important to do so, but it’s good to remember that the best, certain, permanent gift, that can change life for good, forever – is GOD.
What do you want your kids or loved ones to become? How important do you think God is in your life?
In this part, we learned what the best gift ever is. To learn how to practically gift God to others, continue reading part 2 of this series.
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