The problem with gifts is we always want more.
We seem to be wired this way from an early age. Even if we got the gift we wanted for our birthday, it wasn’t too long until we wanted the next thing.
Then we grow up, and we think we’re beyond this. Yet, every gift we receives seems to have a built-in time limit, an expiration date past which we receive increasingly diminished amounts of joy.
The gifts of good relationships and friendships hold up better, but how often do we expect more from our relationships? No matter how much is given, it’s never quite enough.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” This verse from the New Testament book of James reminds us that all the good gifts in our lives ultimately come from God. All means all. A great parking spot, tickets to the event you’ve been waiting for, your daughter’s smile.
There are no limits to God’s good gifts. He bestows them as needed, with perfect and pure motive, for his pleasure and our joy. He is a good father. “Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)
In the Lord, there is an inexhaustible well of gifts. That’s how lavish, diverse and abundant God is. He’s infinite. His gifts will have no limits for all eternity. No limits!
How does this truth affect the hearts of those who believe God? Who believe he has not withheld any good thing, most especially his son Jesus, who’s crucifixion and resurrection remove the penalty of our sin?
We start to release the death grip of always wanting more and eagerly, joyfully give back to God any good thing he has given us, including our art.
From the book of Revelation:
“… They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.'”