What does a perfect gift offer?
We all like receiving gifts and sometimes, even enjoy giving them. It costs the giver so as to benefit the receiver. We may remember the best gift we ever received. It spoke volumes of the love, sacrifice and effort that was packed into it. Much as we receive gifts that may not be to our liking, we should try not to look a gift horse in the mouth. The giver put us in consideration: they actually thought about us; they gave up something, to try and put a smile on our face or to just show that they cared. Whatever the gift, it has a purpose. Parents give gifts to their children more than anyone I know. They know what the child likes, or what they need. They give what they believe are good gifts, how much more our Heavenly Father?
11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11)!”
The Lord Jesus is saying that we are not perfect people, yet we know how to give good gifts. We know how to listen to the needs of our child and meet them precisely. We are careless with whether we do good or evil, but when it comes to giving our children, we are diligent to do well. But, how much more the Heavenly Father Who is perfect— will give to His children? The Gift of God has everything to do with His perfect Character, not so with us. God doesn’t just give any gift, but that of His Bosom, that best defines Him, His Holy Spirit.
We may ask of anything of The Father, but those who want the best ask Him for The Holy Spirit. Like a child sitting on the lap of their father, wants to learn and hear more of his traits. He will give, as the Scripture states, He won’t begrudge Him. Just as a gift connects us with the giver; we are reminded of them, The Holy Spirit is the constant presence of God. Gifts express the loving kindness of the giver. Why the Holy Spirit? Why not riches, health, or honor?
9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God ( 1 Corinthians 2).
There’s a place of great unsearchable things that is exclusive to those who love God. Hidden treasures, the deep things of God, that no philosophers, scholars, or wise in the world can decipher or interpret, that are confided to a few. The Holy Spirit opens their eyes, ears and hearts to understand—mysteries beyond the beginning of time. We are not talking about writings on the thinking of great men or women, of their times. No. We are looking into the deep things of the Creator of all things Heaven, Earth and beneath. If this isn’t awe inspiring, I don’t know what else is! The Gift that unravels a wealth of treasure.
22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. 23 “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of You. For You have made known to us the king’s demand (Daniel 2).”
Is this not the same Spirit in Daniel, revealing King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream? When no other magicians, astrologers or Chaldean could tell the King his dream and interpretation, it was revealed to Daniel. The king had promised to kill all his wise men, if the dream wasn’t explained. Daniel and his companions prayed and asked God to show it to Daniel. When Daniel told the King, he and his friends were promoted in the King’s office.
Having insider information always puts people at an advantage. They can make a move before others do, and they can protect themselves from impeding harm. Knowledge is power, as they say. Wisdom is knowledge applied with understanding. But real knowledge must be true. Truth is unchanging in the face of circumstances, cultures and events. It is a great source of joy and hope. The Gift of God reveals truth and gives peace.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14).”
There are gifts that have a short-lived purpose, and there are those that are enduring. There are also those that are limited to where they can be used. Multi-purpose things tend to be more dependable, last I checked. The Holy Spirit is a Person, He is sent in The Name, Jesus. He teaches all things, and is the peace of Christ within us, in a world of shifting sands. He dwells in those who ask of Him, and He orders their steps. Since the creation, He has always been the invisible presence of God in mankind, and the visible presence of God in Christ Jesus.
11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God ( 1 Corinthians 2).
Indeed gifts are free. If we only knew the things freely given to us by God. No doubt the things belonging exclusively to God, revealed to mortal man, are extremely profound.
12 Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. 13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth. 14 The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant (Psalm 25).
Who has known the mind of God? His seasons and power? None. But, we have a mandate on how to make the Gift of The Holy Spirit indispensable. As I said earlier, every gift has a purpose. This should be our response: to walk in Him and not in our flesh; by allowing Him to express Himself through us. But also as it’s a blessing to receive, it’s a greater blessing to give. What is our perfect gift to others? To witness and profess the power of the truth in the gospel by enlisting the help of The Gift that keeps on giving: The Helper, The Comforter, The Spirit of Truth, and The Power from High.
6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1)”