Did you get everything you were expecting for Christmas yesterday? Maybe you're headed to the store today to return some things you weren't expecting... For me, yesterday was a mixture of laughter, tears, excitement, bad attitudes, surprise, and mostly fun. You know, the normal when the participants range from ages 2-80. :)
In the midst of all the gift giving, I couldn't help but be reminded of the greatest gift-giver of all. Our Heavenly Father gave us all he had when he sent Jesus to die for our sins. Through Jesus, we now have access to everything in the spirit rhelm. What we lack is knowledge of what is already ours and knowledge of how to put those things into action.
If someone gives us a Christmas gift that doesn't come with a manual on how to use it, it will either take much longer to figure out how it works; or we will give up trying to figure it out and it will end up in a cabinet somewhere. If it does come with instructions, how do you think the loved one who gave the gift would feel if we didn't take the time to read the manual on how to use it?
Sad, disappointed, hurt, shocked?
Well, that's how God feels! He already did everything he's going to do when he gave us Jesus. If we don't read the owner's manual (the Bible) for instructions on how to use that gift, it's like a brand new present sitting on a shelf looking great but not doing us any good because we didn't take time to read how to use it.
The number 1 excuse of believers is "I don't have time." Our problem, though, is not a time problem but a priority problem. Human beings ALWAYS make time for what's important to them... It's time to wake up and start reading our owners manual. Psalm 37:4 says "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart."
In John 15:7 Jesus says, "If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you can ask what you will and it will be done for you." Verse 8 goes on to say that by doing this our Father is glorified! It brings God glory and great joy when his kids start using the gifts he's given them.
So go ahead, take the present, rip it open and eagerly read how to use it. I guarantee you it will be the best present you've ever received. And you won't be regifting any of God's gifts. They're perfect!