A gift worth opening
Gift according to the first definition that popped on google is “a thing given willingly to someone without payment”.
Let’s brainstorm a little bit. There are two scenarios I would like to present. (Get it? Present as in gift teehehehe 🙂 moving on).
Imagine I packaged a gift for you containing $10,000. I come to your house to bring it to you, but you sternly refuse to accept it. I want you to have the gift, so I decide to send someone else to bring it to you. Yet you refuse to collect the gift. You need $10,000 because you have so many bills to pay and you’re frustrated because you’re struggling to find money. I keep trying to bring you a gift of $10,000 but you never accept it! You continue to be frustrated however, there’s someone desperately trying to bring you $10,000.
Using the same gift from the prior scenario, imagine I packed a gift of $10,000. I bring it to you, and this time you accept the gift. The gift is in a gift box and you don’t know the contents of the gift. You dump the gift box somewhere in your closet and you never open it to explore what’s inside. A few months later, times are getting tough and you are in dire need of $10,000. You’re about to get evicted from your apartment, your car insurance is due, a lot of things are happening at once. $10,000 could change your situation. Sadly $10,000 has already been given to you, but you don’t know because you never opened the gift box.
The gospel of Jesus Christ may have come to you however, like the person described in scenario one, you may have rejected it. Not too long ago I was ministering to my classmate explaining to her that God loved her and wants to bring her into a place of rest. She asked me “what has God ever done for me? Can God pay my rent?” To her question of what God has ever done for her, I explained that he died for her and gave his only son for her. To the question of if God could pay her rent, I explained that when he died he made everything she needed to have life and to live it to the fullest available. I explained that all she had to do was confess with her mouth and believe in her heart that Jesus Christ died, and God raised him from the dead. She respectfully declined, however, we kept in touch and talked about other things pertaining to our class. One day during class, she asked me if I could wait behind after class, she wanted to talk to me. I waited after, and she uttered over and over, “help me Elizabeth, I’m just not okay”. To retain the confidentiality of our conversation, I will not discuss the specific details. However, that day she received salvation and immediately after she explained it felt as though a weight was removed from her shoulders.
Some of you may not relate to scenario one, when the gospel of Jesus Christ came to you, you accepted it. It may have been the same day or overtime, however, at a point in time you received salvation. Even after receiving salvation, you’ve been having financial challenges, health challenges, battling with fleshly desires, etc. If this is your situation, I would like to pose a question. Have you explored you gift? Do you know what it means to be saved? If not, I’ll explain, and I’ll also direct you to some tools you need in order to grow in the right way as a believer.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) the bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. The day you confessed Jesus Christ as you lord and savior, the life you once had was supplanted and replaced with a new one. The God-life, the everlasting life, you became dead to sin and were given a new nature of righteousness. That day, failure, poverty, lack, confusion, depression, lust, anger, and every negative thing passed away. Nothing you did in the past could be held against you any longer. A change occurred in your spirit, however, you have to renew your mind using the word of God to become conscious of your new life.
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. When you gave your life to Christ, the transformation occurred in your spirit. Your physical appearance didn’t change and your memory didn’t automatically disappear. The change occurred in your spirit. Now you need to download/ renew your mind with the right information about who you are in Christ. Below are a few tips to help you grow in your christian walk.
1.) Study the bible
The bible contains the word of God, and is our life manual as a new creation. In it lies your history, food for your spirit, and absolute truths about who you are. You can start by using a daily devotional to help guide your study. I read the rhapsody of realities everyday, and I have grown a lot as a christian. It is on google play store and the apple app store. If you don’t have it I strongly urge you to download it. Rhapsody has two bible reading plans, you can follow along and spend your quiet time studying the bible. When reading a scripture, don’t just breeze through it, pick it apart. First pray and ask God to help you understand the scripture. Then, while reading, find the purpose of the scripture (eg, admonishment, encouragement, enlightenment, etc). Finally, ask yourself how does it apply to you, and what action points can you take as a result. The word is for doing make sure you take action!
Prayer is your means of communication with God. In the place of prayer you are motivated, given instructions, causing changes in situations. Prayer is a very vital part of your christian walk. More on the topic of prayer coming soon. Luke 18: 1 “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”.
3.) Join a church and be an active member
Join a Jesus believing, bible following church. By attending church, you grow in faith and the knowledge of God’s word and will for your life. A strong indicator that you’re in the right church is your spiritual growth. You should be able to notice positive improvements as a result of attending church. Be active in the church, do not just look from the outside in, be involved. The organization and function of the church should be your concern.
We’ve come to the end of this article, but before you go God has a gift he wants to give you. If you’re reading this and you’re yet to receive salvation, now is your time. Don’t wait till later, the sooner the better, and today is the day. It doesn’t take a lot and it costs you nothing. Kindly repeat these words, Lord God, I believe with all my heart in Jesus, I believe he died and God raised him from the dead. I confess that he is the lord of my life from this day. Through him and in his name I have eternal life, I am born again. Thank you lord for saving my soul. I am now a child of God.
If you said those words, I join the host of angels and all of heaven to celebrate you! Congratulations, welcome to the kingdom of life, the realm of possibility. Kindly leave a comment below if you received salvation, I would love to contact you.