Every Good and Perfect Gift is From Above | Short Sermon Series
It’s often easy to attribute all of the good things we have in our lives to our own hard work or talent, be it getting full marks for a test, planning a successful event, or getting a raise at work. But before we start to praise ourselves for our amazing work ethic or our abilities, we should pause and think – where did all these good things come from? Who blessed us with these talents and abilities? Well, that would be God, of course!
James 1:17 tells us that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”. God delights in giving us good gifts for He is a good God.
But how should we respond to and view the good gifts in our lives? Here are two pointers.
First, worship the giver and not the gift! It’s easy for the good things in our lives to become idols that we treasure and value very deeply. We might even end up boasting about our good gifts to others. When we expect a gift to function as our god rather than enjoying it with gratitude toward God, we twist its purpose, and the good gift gains the power to enslave us. Thus, resist the urge resist the urge to worship the gift, and instead, acknowledge that it is God who deserves all glory.
Next, be generous with others! Hebrews 13:16 says “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God”. We are blessed to be a blessing to others and receiving God’s generosity should also spur us on to be even more generous to others! Knowing that God will give us all we need and always take care of us, there is no reason to hoard all our good gifts. God’s love and generosity compels us to show the same to those around us.