Paul asks a very penetrating question, “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4.7).
James illuminates Paul’s words and writes, “Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1.17).
Let’s meditate for a moment on God’s good and perfect gifts to us.
God gave us life. Human life is not merely a product of biology, but it is part of God’s will for humans.
It was God who said, “Let us make humans in our image, according to our likeness” (Genesis 1.26).
It was God who “formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2.7).
Job understood the fact that human life is a gift from God. He said, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33.4).
Our life is a generous and perfect gift from God.
The fact that we will live for eternity in heaven is another of God’s gracious gifts to us.
John 3.16 states this majestic truth. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
Beyond these two gifts are multitudes of other generous, good, and perfect gifts from the Father of lights.
The love between spouses, children, grandchildren, creativity, and beauty are but a few of God’s gifts.
We do well to pause daily and thank God for the gifts of his love and grace.
The Word of Truth
One of God’s great gifts to humans is the Gospel message, the word of truth. James described this gracious gift.
“In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave birth to us by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures” (James 1.18).
Paul asked a series of questions concerning our need for the Gospel message, the word of truth.
“But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed?
“And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard?
“And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?
“And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent?
“As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (Romans 10.14-15)
Do you remember how and when you heard the good news of God’s love and responded to it?
Fifty-six years ago I heard the good news and told God he could have my life. That was all I knew how to pray.
Those 56 years have been grand because the Father of lights gave me the gift of a relationship with Jesus.
What about you? Do you remember the time when the word of truth became real to you and transformed your life?
Let’s take time to thank the Lord for his gracious gift of the good news message of his love.
Rudy Ross and I talk about the Book of James on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.
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