The very thought of a gift makes everyone excited. In fact just the word gift brings a smile to my face. Anyone that has attended a birthday party, baby or bridal shower knows there’s much anticipation when the announcement is made that the guest of honor is going to start opening their gifts. There’s almost always someone standing or sitting next to the special person taking detailed notes on who each gift is from so that a thank you note can be sent out in the coming days following the party. All of the party guests sit ready to marvel at not just the gift but even how the gift is wrapped! Once the gift is opened comments like “oh wow who bought that” or “what a great gift” will start being muttered from the crowd of on watchers.
Imagine the anticipation in Heaven once we start opening our God given gifts here on Earth. Think about the eruption of excitement when we begin to tear into the wrapping paper of our destiny, without a moment of hesitation to think about saving the wrapping or tissue paper. The look on our Heavenly Father’s face when we reach for His gift, the ultimate gift of salvation. How He must feel when we thank Him for taking so much time and putting forth so much effort to craft something just for us. What an opportunity we’ve been given to publicly thank and recogniz Him for the sacrifice! At a natural birthday party it’s pretty easy to figure out who the gift giver is because their face is just as excited as the person who is opening the gift! Having spent days searching for just the right thing, in the perfect color, making sure the size was just right, and then going on to select the best way to wrap it. The gift giver knows their investment, the time spent, and the value of what’s inside the box. God has invested so much into our lives, He sacrificed the very life of His only son, and allowed the precious blood His sweet Jesus to be spilled for the very moment we reached out to grab the box of our purpose and destiny, and unwrapped the gift of eternal life.
Much emphasis is put on the recipient of the gift. They’re given a special chair to sit in, and a microphone to make sure everyone can hear their remarks about each special item that’s unwrapped. Yet the person standing in the corner making very detailed notes of each gift, and gift giver is never mentioned. It is due time to shift our focus from the recipient to the giver. The moment has arrived to recognize the one who provides the public platform for the world to witness our moments of unwrapping. The person taking note of all the wonderful things opened up is overlooked and usually never appreciated, until the day we open our mailbox and see the personalized hand written note that outlines how much the recipient appreciates what was in the box, and how much use they’re going to get out of that perfect gift they picked out. Our thanksgiving is meant to be personalized, and our praise should never be presented as a cookie cutter offering.
As believers in the gospel, and recipients of the most precious gift ever given, we have a responsibility to make sure our God is glorified and thanked! I encourage you to have someone in your life who will not only take note of the gifts God has given you, but will also assist you giving Him the glory, and remind you to send out spiritual thank you notes to the Father, and to send them often.
John 1:17 states “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Join me in thanking Him for every gift He has presented us, every good thing He has graciously wrapped, and all the beautiful things to come! Our God is more than worthy to be praised, and His love for us is the most incredible gift of all.