Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Luke 11:13 (NLT)
13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
Since we are just coming out of the Christmas season, and we have spent probably more money than we could afford, I would do a series of devotional thoughts on gifts. After being away on business, a man thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift. “How about some perfume?” he asked the cosmetics clerk. She showed him a bottle costing $50.00. “That’s a bit much,” he said, so she returned with a smaller bottle for $30.00. “That’s still quite a bit,” he complained. Growing annoyed, the clerk brought out a tiny $15.00 bottle. “You know,” he said, “What I mean is that I’d like to see something really cheap.” The clerk handed him a mirror. Jesus, on the other hand, in this verse is talking about giving good gifts. Most of us tried to give the best gifts we could this Christmas to our family and friends. In fact, some of us went to great lengths to accomplish this task. We went shopping at insane hours of the morning on “Black Friday,” in order to get the best deals we could to give the best gifts we could afford. In doing so, we stood in lines that were way too long, all the while being pushed and shoved by other people fighting to do the same for their loved ones. This all shows what great pains we will go to in order to give good gifts to those we care about. Now Jesus asks us to put all this in perspective. He says, “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” He reminds us that we are a sinful and self-centered people, and yet we do our best to give good gifts to our children. Consequently, if we are willing to go to such lengths for our children, how much more will our Heavenly Father give us the greatest gift of all, the Holy Spirit, to those who ask! Not only is the Holy Spirit the greatest gift God can give his children, but also Scripture reminds us over and over that it is a promised gift. Jesus told his disciples, “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven” (Luke 24:49, NLT). However, Jesus adds that this promised gift is only given to those that ask. Have you asked the Father for the greatest gift? As we begin the New Year let us be determined to seek the gift of the Holy Spirit.