Assume with me for a moment that living the giving life incorporates a degree of generosity, or gift giving. In your life experience, who are the best gift givers?
Who is the Best Gift Giver?
Are those who have received good and plenteous gifts the best? Or are those who have received few and meager gifts better givers? Does being a good gift giver imply that one has much from which to give? Can someone of lesser means be a good gift giver? What about someone on the lower end of the economic scale?
Life experience tells us that we have known and been blessed by all kinds of people from varied financial situations. Giving and receiving impacts each of us differently.
If you choose to study the topic of giving and receiving of gifts, consider Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, noted above (Ephesians 1:3-6).
In this passage, several “gifts” become clear. Here’s a short list to get you started:
- God gave us his Son (John 3:16) and in him every spiritual blessing – 1:3
- God gave us adoption into his family – 1:5
- God chose us to be holy and blameless – 1:4
- God gave us redemption and forgiveness – 1:7
- God invites us into his eternal and ultimate plan of salvation – 1:9-10
When we consider what God has given us in and through Jesus, what should be our response?
We each must decide that for ourselves. As I read this passage, I am impressed by what a giving God I am privileged to serve. And I want to be more like that in my giving life. Would you care to join me?
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