Many gifts are not going to be used this year because they were not what the person wanted. Gift receipts are very common these days. They allow you to return and exchange your gift. It’s hard to find the perfect gift for someone. I am sure we all have our own definition of a perfect gift. It can be defined as something useful, practical, unique or needed. Yesterday I talked about the best gift we could give ourselves; the gift of developing our relationship with the Lord. That gift definitely falls under the category of a perfect gift. It is very useful, very practical, unique to each individual and much-needed. However, it is a gift that we tend to take out once a week on Sunday or on rare occasions. Let’s keep the gift alive. Let’s use it on a daily basis and get all the practical and useful benefits it has to offer. It’s the gift that keeps on going but it has to be unwrapped all the time.
When God gave His Son to the world, He did it so that whoever believes in Him would have eternal life. Jesus Himself said that He came that people may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10). He gave us the gift of an abundant life. When we develop our relationship with Him, we experience the abundant life daily. He is the river of life. His provisions are overflowing and they keep us from going thirsty. The Lord is more interested in our spiritual growth first. The abundance we should be looking for is on a spiritual level. Then the rest will follow. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” declares Matthew 6:33. Seeking the kingdom starts with getting to know the King better. Let’s make it our priority to learn about the King of the domain before we explore His territory.
I tried using the perfect gift just once a week and it didn’t work for me. It literally felt like I was given something very special for a few hours and then I would put it in the back of the closet of my life. I would just hang it and not take it out for a while. It looked good on me while I was wearing it but I spent more time wearing what the world had to give me and there was no abundant life. Let’s wear the perfect gift all the time. Let’s embrace it, endorse it and don it proudly. An abundant life of spiritual growth is such a beautiful life. Talking to the Father every day is the way to go. Thanking Him for the gift of knowing Him is a noble thing to do. Singing His praises on the regular is a glorious use of our time. Shining His light around us is a powerful way to live. Being His witnesses to the world is a fantastic testimony. The perfect gift is in our hands. Let’s not exchange it. Let’s not trade it for worldly gifts. Let’s keep the gift of the abundant life out of its box all the time!
Suggested reading: Matthew 5:6; Luke 12:31; John 6:27