Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Gift of Giving

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 

II Corinthians 9:15 "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."
There is no better feeling than getting the right gift for somebody. When you see the person's reaction, you know you have done well. Sometimes the perfect gift can leave a person completely speechless. This verse reminds us of a gift from God that leaves us speechless.
God's "unspeakable gift" has rightly been called "wonderful beyond description." To know what (or Who) this gift refers to, we can look back at II Corinthians 8:9: "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich." God's unspeakable gift was the Lord Jesus! God the Son made Himself poor so that you and I might be made rich.
The "poor" of verse 9 describes His great humility to both take on human flesh and to take the awful sin of the world. You are richer than the Lord Jesus was; no one is as poor today as was the Lord Jesus. The God of Heaven came to earth "for your sakes . . . that ye through his poverty might be rich."
When thinking about the fact that God's "unspeakable gift" was the Lord Jesus, I am reminded that it is a gift to be able to give. Anything that I have given was given to me first. You don't have to be rich in order to give. In fact, if you wait until you are rich to give, you will never know the truths of Bible giving.
Consider Proverbs 11:24-25 for a moment: "There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself." The words liberal and fat are good things in this case! Is there such a person that scatters what he has, but increases? Sure there is-think of a farmer who casts his seed. Is he "throwing away" his seed? No, he is expecting an abundant return on his "scattering"!
God is not looking for rich people; He is looking for givers for whom He can supply. Giving really is a gift. What can you give today? Will you take God at His Word about giving? You make a living by what you get . . . you make a life by what you give.
"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."

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