The Gift Of God
“If thou knew (considered, perceived and was aware of) the Gift of God” (John 4:10a); Those were the very words of Jesus Christ to the Samaritan woman at the well. If we can pause for 30 seconds, reflecting and pondering, on these very words of Jesus to us, the Gift of God, the Gift of God, the Gift of God! This is such an important reality that has eluded us for too long, without which we fall into the religion of men. As we fellowship with the Father in spirit and in truth, I pray earnestly our spirits captures and nourishes on the Gift of God so much so that, our very beings respond to these living words.
Born and buttered in the religion of self-effort, we primarily and forcefully teach on what we could do for God or give to God either to be accepted by Him or to please Him and not the other way round which is what He has done for us or given to us. In view of the un-regenerated fallen spirits of the old testament, their narrative was much more about, what to give and how much to give to God. They missed the whole point why the LAWS, PROPHETS and KINGS kept talking about giving and sacrifices as much as we also do today. God (our Father) is more concerned about what He has done for us rather than what we can do for Him. All of the numerous types, shapes and shadows of giving as required by the law were but a mere figure (no substance) pointing to God’s ultimate gift to us saying specifically in psalm 40:6, sacrifices and offering the Lord doesn’t desire, gifts and sin-offerings; surprisingly David said that is not what You (God) are after or desire. But rather, Jesus Himself said for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son (the Gift of God) that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. We have been too concerned, wearied and burdened with what we can give God but God is saying “if thou knowest the Gift of God” you will not be worried.
A gift is simply defined as something given voluntarily without payment in return or acquired without being sought or earned by the receiver. (Kindly read and study carefully the definition again.) Looking at the definition again, “if thou knowest the Gift of God” God as our Father is not in the business of selling anything to us as we may falsely assume but rather He is into the love of giving to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. His free gift doesn’t come with strings attached. We need to outgrow (as soon as possible) the mindset of trying to score points with God, looking at how much we have done or sacrificed for God. Self-accomplishments are nothing short of self-righteousness before God, which He has said are like filthy rugs before Him.
Knowing and being conscious of the Gift of God, it is so surprising, why we want to rather buy and pay with our own deeds or money what He (God) has eternally chosen to be given to us as the free Gift of God. If not for religion and the traditions of men, not forgetting what Jesus said to his disciples, freely you have received, so freely give. It is astonishing today, how the traditions of men have burdened and enslaved the minds of people to the extent that, people want to sell and others want to buy the anointing of God, buy the power of God, not to talk of healing and prosperity. Respectfully, it must be said that our Father in relating and fellowshipping with us is not in a buy and sell business because, “If thou knowest the Gift of God”, nobody truly pays for a gift or else it ceases to be gift but instead it becomes wages earned or paid (worked) for. Perhaps, we should not be surprised because, as it was in the days of the Apostles, so it is in our days. In Act 8:13,18-20, Simon (a newly converted sorcerer) himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. And when Simon saw that through laying of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, thy money perishes with thee, because thou hast thought that the Gift of God may be purchased with money. Peter went on and said his heart was not right with God, he was in the poison of bitterness and bond of iniquity, to even consider and think of such a thing about the Gift of God. We ought to examine our hearts and conscience, in case we are trading and bargaining with God, using either money or even Christian activities to sum it all up in exchange to gain favors and opportunities with God (our Father). For the times of ignorance God has winked at and is now calling all men everywhere to repent, thus change and renew their minds.
As it relates to the physical so it is with the spiritual. On earth, the most valuable physical things in life such as the air we breathe, the water we drink, the sunshine, the rain, the vegetation and the rich mineral resources, are all free gifts of nature we never paid for. But giving human beings the opportunity, man will monetize it and ask people to line up in queues to work and pay for each and every one of them.
This reality about the Gift of God is what fuel the life and ministry of Paul and the early Apostles of the Gospel. They knew fully about the Gift of God, so much that, they operated and functioned fully in that Grace, worked miracles, signs and wonders in that awesome Gift of God (the gifts of the Spirit.) They could not do anything without that Gift of God. The emblem of the gospel was canon as the Gift of God, everywhere they went. They counted their very lives, ministry, possessions, and abilities as the Gift of God as they had learnt from Jesus.
It’s entirely legitimate to ask, how do we respond, live and function in that Gift of God? In Rom 5:17b Paul shows us the how, by teaching us that they which RECEIVE, (lambano) abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Contrasting that with what He also said, to certain disciples in Ephesus “have you received (lambano), the Holy Spirit, since you BELIEVED?”. This answers our question and shows us in believing and receiving by faith the Gift of God, we appropriate fully and functionally the Gift of God as kings reigning in life. (Think about this, believing in God and believing in the Gift of God are not the same Selah!). A gift in its true sense will cost the giver, but not the receiver. This looks too good to be true right, hence that is why it is called the GOSPEL. The total cost of our salvation from start to finish was and is borne by our Heavenly Father. All that is expected of us is to walk in the true light of Colossian 2:6 the same way we received of the Lord, (without paying for it) it’s the same way we walk in Him.
Beloved in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, God is encouraging each and every one of us to rise above just praying and asking, into RECEIVING by FAITH, and in receiving keep believing and receiving and never stopping to receive. Receiving in completeness, the fullness of God, the power of the Spirit, the ability of God to do all things, the gift of life and righteousness. Remember what Jesus said, “if thou knowest the Gift of God”. Someone may ask, is that all there is to the gift? Emphatically and absolutely YES! that is why it is called the free Gift of God with no strings attached. For the Gift of God, the only thing you can do is to receive it and acknowledge it (nothing more nothing less). For you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you and of His fullness have we all receive grace for grace.
Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for the Gift of God given to us in Christ Jesus. We receive abundantly your Gift and gifting in every facet of our lives to rule and reign in this world and to constantly demonstrate that Gift which you have given us to all men. That they may know You, the only true God and partake of your free Gift to all humanity, world without end. For by grace have we been saved through faith and that not of ourselves, it is the Gift of God not of works, lest any of us should boast.
Min Chris Nyavor
The Wireless Church