Jesus has already laboured the point that God is a good father. A perfect father who wants to pour out many good gifts to His children. He has all the resources at His disposal and on top of that is extravagantly generous. He is not reluctant at all.
We have already touched on, in previous weeks, what he means when He says “good gifts,” but let’s just analyse that a little further.
They are ‘good’ because God only gives good things;
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)
This is an important point, because we can sometimes accredit the bad things that happen as coming from God. God sends no bad thing, He sometimes, in his providence, ‘allows’ things to happen but that is quite different.
They are ‘good’ because they are for our blessing. Not just for us, but for other people too. God is so generous that when He blesses us, there is an aspect that this blessing flows out to others. When we inherit God’s characteristics, we naturally want to pass on the good that we receive to others. This is how God loves to spread His goodness.
There are lots of places in the bible which talk about the gifts that God gives, but one of the most detailed places is the first book of Corinthians and specifically chapters; 12, 13 and 14. The Holy Spirit distributes gifts for the ‘common good’ (1 Corinthians 12:7). He knows us so well that these gifts are often matched to our natural giftings and character. That is why we are not to despise these gifts if they do not seem to be as important as other ones. We all have a part to play.
Chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians highlights the necessity of love in the use and application of these gifts. They are not given for pride, or boasting or competition or ‘lording it over’ people, but a harmonious demonstration of God’s earthly body in action. What a beautiful sight when everyone receives the gifts they are given and use them to bless others, how harmonious and stunning!
If you are not sure what your gifts are, ask God as you read 1 Corinthians (and Romans 12) and see all the different types. He is so eager to bless you.