“Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognized God’s gift and Who this is that is saying to you, Give me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you living water.” John 4:10 (AMP)
When my grandson turned two years old we all got together to celebrate – mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Needless to say lots of presents came through the door with the guests. He began to open his presents and was actually more interested in what he had just opened instead of jumping right into opening the next present. After opening several gifts, he was having to be coaxed to open the rest of them because he was ready to play!
However, suppose he had been unwilling to be “coaxed”, stopped opening presents and just started playing with what he already had. Would the unopened gifts no longer be his? Would the “giftees” have taken the unopened presents back home because he hadn’t opened them? Certainly not! Nor would this have been a show of ungratefulness on his part; he just wanted to enjoy what he already head. However, he would’ve had no idea what those other gifts contained until he opened them.
The above scripture is a familiar one and a story many people are well acquainted with – “The Woman at the Well.” Many sermons have been preached from different aspects of this story. As I was recently reading this passage two words really grabbed my attention – “God’s gift.” Another scripture quickly came to mind as well, John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son . . .”
As Christians we are well aware of the fact that we have been given eternal life through Jesus Christ. It’s a gift we eagerly received and have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy throughout all eternity. It’s a gift most of us probably didn’t struggle to receive. However, that’s not the only gift God gave us through His son, Jesus.
Isaiah 61 and Luke 4 tells us that He came “to preach the good news to the poor” – that’s God’s means of bring salvation to everyone who believe; to “announce release to the captives” – that’s freedom; “recovery of sight to the blind” – that’s healing both physically and mentally; and to release those who are oppressed (crushed, downtrodden, bruised and broken) – that’s deliverance. Isaiah 53:5 tells us we have peace and healing through Jesus, yet so many of us struggle with all of these other gifts. They’re like presents we’ve left unopened because we’re content just enjoying His gift of salvation. We find it difficult to use our faith to open these gifts because we tend to be moved by the physical and not what God’s Word tell us.
I encourage you to search the Bible to find scriptures that you can stand on; God’s promises that you can apply to your situation. Take God as His Word; apply your faith and open these other gifts God has given you through the ultimate gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. I assure you He will never take them back. They’ve been freely given, now freely receive. Don’t be satisfied with just the few gifts from God you’ve received. Open them all and walk in the fullness of God.
What are you doing with the gifts God has given you?