Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. James 1:17-18 (NIV)
You are a giver of good gifts. How so? You know exactly what I want and need. I can’t tell you how many times I have thought I wanted and needed something that would not have been good or helpful or valuable to me. I have asked for what I really didn’t need or certainly shouldn’t have wanted. I am thankful that you have not heard and answered every one of my prayers. I am also very thankful that you have given me good and perfect gifts when I didn’t even know of my true wants or needs. Like what? No gift of yours has been better than the completely new life I now have in your Son, Jesus Christ. You sent your Son into the world to save my soul. You gave your Son as payment of my sins. Your Son made it possible for me to be adopted in your family. Your Son broke down the wall that separated me from you. You Son secured our relationship with each other. You are my Heavenly Father. I am now your child. You rescued me from a life without you. You pulled me off of the path that led away from you. You lifted me up out the muck and mire that was my life. You forgave my sin. You cleansed my unrighteousness. You filled me with your Holy Spirit. You healed my bruised and battered and broken life. You restored my soul. You have given me gifts and talents and abilities with which I can serve you. You have made it so I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You are now helping me to know and love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I am now living and walking in an intimate relationship with you. One day I will come to live forever in Heaven with you. These are all good and perfect gifts that come from you. Yes, they are. Did I know I needed them? Did I know that I wanted them? No, I did not. You know me. You love me. Yes, I do. You are certainly a giver of good gifts. Yes, I am.
I have but one gift to give you. What’s that? I give myself to you. I give you everything I have been. I give you everything I am. I give you everything I hope to be. I am all yours. I am at your service. I am at your disposal. Make use of my life. That is a very good gift.
Heavenly Father, you have showered me with so many good and perfect gifts. Foremost of all, you have given to me a completely new life in Christ both now and forever. I am so thankful I am your child. Help me to live an abundantly fruitful life with and for you. Amen
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