Great Gifts

If I asked you what the nicest gift you ever gave someone, I suspect that something would come to mind that would bring a smile to your face, or a pleasant memory to your mind. Over the years, I have given away a lot of things; I have given away three cars, various amounts of money to help people with things going on in life, and other various opportunities to bless someone. But when I think of the one gift that I will always remember as my favorite, it will likely be the rocking chair I gave Margie the first year we were married. The place I was working at the time sold furniture and whenever she came in she would always go to one certain rocking chair and seemed to really enjoy it. So, I made it a point to tell her it sold and then stashed it away to give it to her that Christmas. She has had that chair for almost forty-four years now and it still sits in our living room. She rocked our children in it, and has held her through some restless hours and trying times. If you ever visit our home, you’ll see it there and notice that the finish has been rubbed off the arms due to its years of use. That old rocking chair carries a lot of memories.

 

Paul was one who desired gifts for those he cared for also; in his case, it was not a physical gift it was a spiritual one, and what an amazing diverse gift he wanted for people. He prayed for “the Spirit of Wisdom and of revelation of in the knowledge of him,” a desire that they grow deeper into a knowledge of Christ and get to know Him better. He prays for a greater revelation of the hope that is in Christ, and for a realization of the power that He has for His people. What an amazing gift for us to receive such a spiritual enlightenment and empowerment. If we will open our lives to this gift we would be absolutely transformed into new people with new purpose. The gift I gave Margie has lasted a number of years, but the gift Paul wishes for us is eternal. I pray your life is open to receive and to be filled by the greatest of gifts, the touch of the King of Kings.

 

Ephesians 1:16-20

16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,