Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 NKJV
In reading this passage, I started questioning whether I have accepted God’s gifts. There are many gifts, but the core to me is the gift of knowledge and experience. To know and experience God, to know I need nothing else.
Sounds great, so why haven’t I accepted the gifts? I haven’t been able to completely break down the wall of conditioning, and my attachments to the material world. I still seek outside for solutions, when “the kingdom of God is within”. I still feel like I need to take care of things instead of trusting in God. I still see myself as separate from another and judge, instead of experiencing the oneness of God.
So here I sit knowing that an unaccepted gift remains with the giver. God sits in harmony with all these gifts and all I have to do to accept them is to come home like the prodigal son. There is nothing I need do, but go home in full surrender to love.
These lyrics, heard just once many years ago, have stuck with me… “Come home ‘cause you know I love you, come home ‘cause you know I’m here”.
May I break down the walls and go home, and bring the gift of a “humble, thankful heart”.
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