A Gift from God (Have You Opened Your Gift?)

For expecting parents, I have a question: Have you ever thought about how fun it would be to give your children a gift?

When describing to expecting parents what it’s like to have kids, a lot of experiences come to mind, mainly:

  • lack of sleep
  • lack of time
  • lack of energy
  • lack of.. pretty much everything

Having just finished the Christmas season for the 8th time as a daddy, I was not expecting to enjoy these things as much as I have:

  • dancing with my kids
  • watching my kids eat food they really enjoy (Christmas cinnamon rolls.. )
  • surprising and giving Christmas gifts to my kids

In fact, I’m pretty sure that no one ever, when I asked them what it was like to be a parent, said: “It’s SO fun to give your kids gifts!”

But I think the Bible is correct when it reads:

“…remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35

Does God Give Gifts?

So if I must feel this way, I can’t imagine how God feels when we, as His enthusiastic, crazed children, rush to the stack of gifts waiting for us. Because it doesn’t matter how early it is, if we haven’t eaten breakfast or went to the bathroom yet, THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME FOR US TO OPEN OUR GIFTS!

Christmas morning is here!

But the sad reality is that many of us have unopened gifts that have been carefully prepared for us from our Heavenly Father.

These gifts have gathered dust are left hidden in the closets and attics of our lives.

We rationalize that we aren’t worthy of these good things. Or that we’re going to wait for next Christmas to get something better because the kid next door got that gift, and we really want what they have.

Or that we would rather stay comfortable than take the time to open and put in the work necessary to fully enjoy our unique gifts given to us from God (some assembly required, right?).

But the sad reality is that many of us have unopened gifts that have been carefully prepared for us from our Heavenly Father. Click To Tweet

What ability has God gifted to you?

Some of you have the gift from God to create. But because of fear, you let that gift sit unused and forgotten.

Some of you have been given the ability to teach. Some have been given the gift to listen patiently and counsel wisely.

Still, others are talented in organization or planning.

We can disqualify our gifts and lift up everyone else’s gifts.

It’s not arrogant to identify how you’re gifted—it’s arrogant to think that your unique gifting and contribution to the world could never be used by God.

And even bigger than that, when we don’t open the unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that God has prepared for us, we miss out on giving God one of the deepest joys He could experience as our Heavenly Father.

He loves to see our eyes light up when we first tear open that box, throw aside the wrapping, put batteries in, and press the “on” switch for the first time.

It’s arrogant to think that your unique gifting and contribution to the world could never be used by God. Click To Tweet

Are you letting your gift sit in a dusty corner, unopened?

Let me know what you’re thinking by leaving a comment:

Darren Emory is trying to do his best as a husband, father, and Pastor. Those that know him know he likes to joke around and is passionate about helping people connect with God (sometimes he'll do both at the same time).

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