The Father’s Giving Heart
“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water” (John 4:10).
I’ve always thought of myself as a good gift giver. I mean as good as can be expected of your typical male. Let’s be honest, men aren’t always known for putting excessive amounts of thought into the gifts they give. But I pride myself in remembering the dress my wife admired at the mall, or the ring she showed me on some celebrity’s Instagram page. When the time is right, and you give a gift that communicates the fact that you actually ARE listening to your loved ones, the gift is that much more important.
They say the best gifts are the ones that keep on giving. No gift proves this thought more than the gift spoken of in John 4:10. So many times we read this Scripture and focus on Jesus calling Himself the living water, but it’s interesting to note that He also snuck another title in there as well.
“The gift of God…”
As much as I fancy myself a good gift giver, the truth is I am powerless to give any gift of real worth. A perfect gift keeps on giving, and that dress or ring I got my wife can only do so much. This gift of God isn’t something found on the earth, but is in fact Heavenly in nature. It’s supernatural, so as to superimpose itself over our natural reality.
Once you’ve received Jesus, the gift of God, your perspective of the world cannot stay the same. He’s the gift that keeps on giving. This means that when life casts yet another trial in your face, you can turn to this gift of God to sustain you in the storm. As the foundation of your life begins to feel shaky, you step onto the solid ground — the firm foundation of the Son of God. Life is to be lived with Him, yes, but the best life is to be lived through Him. Jesus doesn’t just want your Sunday or your Wednesday, He wants your every day. Every thought, every sense, every moment finds it’s true purpose when seen with His perspective.
God didn’t give us this perfect gift so that we could have the experience of opening it only to sit it on some obscure shelf in our hearts. No! The purpose of the Father’s gift to us is to empower us to finally find our purpose and feel empowered to walk as children of God.
Let’s be careful not to get it twisted, though. We haven’t received a gift from God because we deserved it. In fact, the opposite is true. God gave us the gift because we could NEVER deserve it on our own. None of our works or accomplishments would persuade God to give us Jesus. He doesn’t need to be persuaded.
The fact that God has given us this perfect gift doesn’t show how amazing we are. It shows how amazing He is.
There’s no need that the gift of God can’t meet. Whether in this life or the next, Jesus has already won the victory. Let’s lay down the mindset of “not having enough”. We have all we need in Jesus. He is the Living Water, Bread of Life and He is Jehovah Jireh — the promise of God’s provision. In Him there is no lack, no fault, no weakness. There is only power, love, and wholeness.
Today, ask God to make you aware of the Gift that is Jesus Christ. Your increased awareness of His strength will decrease your awareness of your weakness, and THIS is the Gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8 || Romans 6:23 || Matthew 7:11 || John 3:16 || James 1:17 || 1 Peter 4:10