The Unopened Gift

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “receive.”

On a desk in our office sits a gift.

It has been carefully chosen for the intended recipient, beautifully wrapped and labelled with their name, and yet, long after Christmas, and over a month after the Secret Santa gifts were exchanged, the person still hasn’t come to the office to receive their gift.

Every time I see the gift, it speaks of unfulfilled potential. I don’t know what is inside, but I do know that it isn’t doing the recipient any good as it sits there on the desk covered in wrapping paper.

It makes me think about God’s gifts to us. We may accept them, but do we truly receive them?

Paul writes to the Corinthians: “As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.” (2 Corinthians 6:1 NLT) 

A quick search reveals several other aspects of salvation that are described as gifts of God:

  • The Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)
  • Peace of mind and heart (John 14:27)
  • God’s promises (Romans 4:16)
  • Forgiveness (Romans 5:15)
  • Righteousness (Romans 5:17)
  • Eternal life (Romans 6:23)
  • Spiritual gifts to use for God’s service and to build up the church (Romans 12)
  • New life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

We may have accepted these gifts (and they are gifts – we do not have to earn them; we simply have to receive them) but do we truly open them and make the most of them?

They may belong to us, but they won’t do much good sitting there unwrapped!

Which gift would you like to open and explore today?

For me, it is the gift of peace of mind and heart. It is something I can put a lot of time and energy into trying to achieve this, but what if the call is simply to receive?

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21 thoughts on “The Unopened Gift

  1. So many gifts were left unopened,
    so much the good I did not do;
    still, this does not leave me broken,
    for I’ve found it to be true
    that the Hound of Heaven chases
    me through all my days and nights,
    and His baying howls are graces,
    and in His eyes I see the lights
    brighter than a thousand Suns
    that hold me captive to His heart,
    and so by tens and twos and ones
    we are pursued to be a part
    of glory for which we have yearned
    though invitation has been spurned.

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  2. Lesley, this is such a powerful statement and question, “It makes me think about God’s gifts to us. We may accept them, but do we truly receive them?” Honest examination is in order.

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  3. I wonder how many times I’ve “left the gift sitting on the desk?” Too many I’m sure! If I were to choose which one to open right now I think that I too would pick peace of mind and heart. Maybe forgiveness, too. I always look forward to your posts Lesley! Your words continue to encourage me.

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