The Gift of Blessings | Devotion #1: Worst Gift Ever
Ryan Story | Location Pastor – Burton
We live in a weird culture. Recently I saw a viral video trend that had parents giving their children avocados as a Christmas gift. Now I am all for fun and practical jokes, but watching the faces of these children got me thinking about what was being taught to these kids about gifts. I do not think that one practical joke is going to ruin a child forever, and I know that these videos were done out of love and humor. However, the subtle message being sent was to devalue gift giving. Gifts are meant to be given in love. There is an entire love language based off of giving and receiving gifts.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us about how to give gifts. Matthew 7:7-11 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
God only gives good gifts. I think back at all the times I begged God for something, and the thing He gave me seemed to have the same equivalence as a wrapped up avocado. I asked for patience and God gave me a rough day. How often do we ask God for something and He turns and gives us something that we never expected? This we know, God only gives gifts that His children need to the point that Jesus can say “how much more.” Jesus says that when we ask our Heavenly Father for food, He will not give us a stone. If we ask for food, He will not give us a snake. Jesus even goes on to say that those who are evil know how to give gifts!
So if God only gives good gifts, it would be wise if when we gave gifts, we make them good ones as well. I am not advocating for you to spend more money, but take a moment and think about the last thing you gave your spouse, child, boss, or co-worker. Was it a serpent or was it a blessing? My sons are all about the toy aisle, and I may be just as excited as them, but spending ten minutes with them reading every night is a way better gift. Taking time out of your day to encourage someone, or telling them how much they mean to your life, is way better than any Starbucks gift card. Take time this week to figure out what gifts you are giving.