Spiritual Gifts | Devotion #4: Gifts That Do Not Get Old
Ben Kirkman | Associate Operations Pastor & Facilities Director
This time of year brings back all kinds of memories from past Christmases. As a child, one of my favorite things in all the world was Christmas morning. I loved the anticipation of what awesome present I might unwrap. One of the best was a replica of our family barn handmade by my dad. It was perfect for storing all my toy tractors. I enjoyed everything about the whole day: time with family, yummy food including all the pie and desserts I could handle, but especially the presents. I remember thinking, “I wish this day could last forever.”
However, going to bed on Christmas night was probably one of my least favorite things in all the world. Seemingly every year, I would lie in bed bummed out that the day was over, thinking, “Aw man, 365 days until I get to celebrate Christmas again.” I knew those new, exciting gifts would get old and break and let me down, leaving me wanting another round of presents by February (at the latest).
Looking back and thinking about the Christmas presents that I have received over the years, there are very few that have lasted and I still value. But then I think of the greater gifts that were not in the bright paper under the tree. Gifts from God will never decrease in value.
One of the gifts that I greatly cherish is a mom who planted the Word of God in my heart and mind. I grew up in the country, thirty minutes from everywhere. Needless to say, we spent a lot of time in the car. Whenever we drove anywhere, my mom would teach us kids a Bible verse (I did not necessarily think it was a gift at the time). But she was filling our hearts and minds with God’s Word. She knew that Psalm 119:11 teaches, “I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” God gave the gift of His Word; my mom helped me store it in my heart from a very young age. I feel I cannot begin to tell you how extremely helpful this has been as I navigate through life in this sinful, fallen world. God’s Word stored up in my heart helps me with daily decision making. He helps me with questions like, “How would God want me to handle this situation? How should I respond to this person right now?” The Scriptures stored up in my heart come to mind when I need them. How does it happen? This is another gift from God. The Holy Spirit brings the right Scriptures to mind at just the right time. John 14:26 says “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” What an amazing gift that never gets old, worn down, or outdated; it never breaks or becomes boring!
I am forever grateful for a mother who helped me store God’s Word in my heart. Do you have children, grandchildren, coworkers, friends, or family that you could give the gift of God’s Word? Finally, are you storing God’s Word in your own heart?