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Paul wrote, “My God will meet your every need out of his riches in the glory that is found in Christ Jesus.”
— Philippians 4:19 (CEB)
I once received some luxurious skin products as a gift. I was grateful to receive them as they were something I had wanted but could not afford myself. For some time they sat on my cupboard where I could admire them. They were beautifully packaged and seemed too precious to open and use. Then I realized that it was foolish not to use what I had been so generously given. So I opened and enjoyed them.
Valuable gifts like this are a bit like the gifts God so graciously gives us. God’s gifts are freely given. One of these gifts is God’s son, Jesus, and the forgiveness and eternal life he offers us. Unless we accept and follow Jesus, we cannot experience the freedom this gift from God brings. God also gives us spiritual gifts to use as we serve God’s kingdom. Unused, they do not benefit us or others. But as we accept them and open them, we can use them to glorify God and serve others.
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room