I’ve heard it, I’ve even said it. You want to bless someone with a gift, but they are someone who has much of what the world has to offer. It’s hard to figure out anything they need and they seem to want for nothing, and so you say, “What do you get for someone who has everything?” To be clear, if you try hard enough, you CAN find something for even the most blessed person, but what if that person is Jesus?
I mean not only does He actually have everything, but He made everything and no human being can add to the One who is the personification of perfection. Nonetheless there is something we can give. One thing that is fitting to the One who gave His life for you. It’s the only proper response. We can give Him our lives—Our whole lives. We can live for the One who died for us.
I’ve heard another thing said a million times. We talk about giving our hearts to Jesus, but did you ever contemplate what that means? From time to time, someone will get sick and will need a heart transplant. All heart donors have one thing in common. They’re all dead. You cannot live without your heart. Similarly, to give Jesus your heart is to give Him your life. You belong to Him. Now those of us who love Jesus should have no problem with this way of thinking and yet we try to withhold. In some cases, what we try to withhold is some sin that we do not want to give up. If that’s you, repent. Sin is sin. Jesus died to free us from sin. Give up your enslavement and truly live.
Today though I want to focus on a different kind of withholding. These are the people who desperately desire to give Jesus every good thing in their lives. The thing they hold back is the bad and the ugly. These things bring shame and they can see no reason to give them to a righteous God. If that’s you, you need to change your way of thinking. Renew your mind, if you will. When we give Him our lives, we need to give it all, the good, the bad and the ugly. If we do, Here’s what He does. He takes the best and makes it better and all that other stuff, He redeems. The bad, dumb, sinful stuff can become a powerful testimony. The problems we’ve had and the struggles we’ve been through give us mercy and compassion. All these things cannot help but give Him glory.
Romans 8:28 says, “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to Him purpose.” That word “all” means “all.” Sure, God works through our gifts and abilities and talents, but He also works through our pain. He is at work in the lessons we learned and even in the sins we’ve repented. He can and will work through anything we give Him, so…
what if we gave Him everything?