Day 27 - Every Good and Perfect Gift
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 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. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (James 1:16-18)
Every Sunday, we sing “praise God from whom all blessings flow” in the doxology. God our Father is the great Giver, the source of all our blessing. In His kindness He has given us everything to enjoy. For everything that has brought you joy, give thanks to God, the Giver of every good and perfect gift.
Thanksgiving and gratefulness are traits that mark the Christian life. But Christian thanksgiving is not about politeness or practicing good manners. Instead it comes from understanding who God is. This passage in James reminds us that there is to be no doubt of God’s good character. He is the “Father of lights”, unchanging and constant in His goodness, generosity and kindness. All our good gifts come from God! Perhaps best of all, we know the gift of new birth and salvation given to His people, “a kind of firstfruits” which is the church. How did this happen? God the generous Giver, who gives life, health, friendship, food and other good gifts has also given “the word of truth” which saved us -- the gift of the gospel.
- Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done!
- Are you growing in gratefulness as a Christian? Consider how gratefulness helps protect us from bitterness, self-pity, resentment and growing cold in our walk with God.
Dear God, we often forget to give You thanks for all You give us. Even so, we are reminded that You, the perfect Giver, continue to fill our lives with blessings. We are reminded that though we live in a darkened world, You are the source of eternal light. You have brought us forth by the word of truth that we might be born again by Your Son. O Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Your praise. All these things we pray in Christ’s name, Amen.
- Your care group members to grow in thanksgiving and gratefulness.
- The church’s fundraising effort, that we will see what God is calling us to do together as a church.
- Church leaders to steward the gifts God has given us well for the kingdom.