Spiritual Gifts | Devotion #5: Prank Box
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
Recently, my wife and I purchased some prank boxes for our son, daughter, and my dad. The idea is that you put a meaningful gift inside a box that describes some kind of absurd item. We gave my dad “the cheese printer that can print pictures on slices of cheese.” It reminded me of the infamous eBay sensation of Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich that sold for some $28,000. My son was given a “dream griddle alarm clock,” which he associated with the TV show The Office and Michael Gary Scott. Finally, for our daughter, we gave her the “pet butler – a serving vest for her dog.” The idea behind it was the dog would wear a vest that had a serving tray attached to it. Your dog can roam the room during a party while serving your guest tasty appetizers. Their responses were priceless. My daughter admitted that as she opened the gift, she decided to give it to someone else and she already had picked the person.
God gave us the Holy Spirit. He is the perfect gift! Jesus told us that the Gift was coming. John 14:16 (KJV) says, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” John 15:26 (KJV) adds, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” John 16:7 (KJV) continues the thought, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” God has offered the perfect gift. Jesus announced it several times, so we would not miss Him.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines comforter as a long narrow usually knitted neck scarf or a thick bed covering made of two layers of cloth containing a filling (such as down). It adds that it can be one that gives comfort. However, if it is capitalized, it is the Holy Spirit. The Comforter is the Holy Spirit, and His soothing touch and embrace can bring a calmness and peace, “which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).
Chances are you are stressed and anxious about something. The cookies, chips, and half a gallon of ice cream did not meet the standard we expect of “comfort foods.” Those around you seem to have their own battles. You sit alone in a crowd, and all you hear is white noise. Look to God. He wants to comfort you.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, we read, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
The gift of the Holy Spirit includes comfort. God comforts us, and as an added bonus, He strengthens us so we can help others. We all struggle, and God is offering the solution.
The Holy Spirit lives within all believers. He is a gift from God announced by Jesus. Have you put the gift on the shelf? Are you ignoring the power of the gift? Have you forgotten you have Him? It might sound too good to be true, but He is alive and will never leave you nor forsake you!