Christmas 1976. I was ten years old.
Did I stand back and admire the bike?
Did I close the trunk and say, “I’m not worthy of such a gift?”
Did I reach into the pocket of my jeans and say, “How much do I owe you for the bike?”
Did I shut the eyes and say, “That bike would be too much fun. Why didn’t you give me a broom and dustpan for Christmas?”
Many of us tentatively open our Father’s trunk, his storehouse, filled with “every spiritual blessing.” We look at the beautiful gift he has offered us, and we say:
“That sure is a nice gift. Too nice for me to use, actually.”
“For me? That gift can’t be for me. I am too messed up. I will never be good enough for that gift.”
“Wow! What a fantastic gift! If you let me have that gift, I’ll pay you back for it. I promise.”
“I would love that gift, but I would enjoy it too much. Doing your will, Father, has to be miserable work. If I’m ever going to serve you, I have to really hate what I’m doing. “
This post is part 3 of a 13-part series, a Virtual Book Club in which we read and discuss the book S.H.A.P.E.: Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose in Life, by Eric Rees. In addition to my own study and experience, much of the material and many of the insights originate in this book. If you’d like to join us for the VBC, you can find more information in the following posts.
Over the next few days, join me back here for the following:
- What are spiritual gifts?
- Why does God give spiritual gifts?
- What are YOUR spiritual gifts?
- Using Your Spiritual Gifts
- Strengthening Your Spiritual Gifts