2000-07-14 - What Kind of Present Are You?
A friend of mine was disappointed because her boyfriend gave her a blender for her birthday. He was trying to be practical; she was hoping for something romantic, something that expressed to her, "you are special to me; I cherish you." Some gifts put a huge smile on our faces -- particularly gifts with the person's heart behind them, and sometimes surprises. Other presents are disappointing - not what we had hoped for or dreamed of. We use presents to express our love and appreciation for those we love. In John 17, Jesus says seven times that God has given us to Him as a gift. Think of that. We are a present for Jesus.
John 17:6 I have told these men about you. They were in the world, but then you gave them to me. Actually, they were always yours, and you gave them to me; and they have kept your word. (NLT)
What kind of present are you? Are you a tarnished gift? When God looks at you, does He see bitterness, grudges, whining, and a refusal to forgive someone? Does He see a voluminous box, with a miniscule gift inside -- are you not living up to your potential? What have you done with the abilities and resources, which He has given to you? Or is your Father delighted to see in your life a lovely gift, shining with the wrappings of Christ's love, a life emanating patience, humility, forgiveness, gentleness?
I urge you to think of all God has given you, and what you have to offer Him. Ask Him today, to help you be a gift that makes His heart smile.