DAY 32: Asking for and Giving Gifts
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”(Luke 11:11-13 )
Some concepts are just too big for most of us to grasp. They have to be broken down to understand.
Take for example, the national debt. According to the website on the day of this writing, the national debt was $17,236,316,959,263. All I really know is that’s a whole lot of money! I don’t know how to fathom or conceptualize a number that big.
However, if you go to www.brillig.com here is a website that breaks this national debt number down into pieces by calculating that for each person in this country, our individual share of $17,236,316,959,263 (and counting) is about $54,329. Now, knowing that information probably won’t motivate you to mail in a check to anyone in Washington DC to cover your portion, but at least now (maybe) we can begin to process that kind of HUGE number.
We have a similar problem in trying to conceptualize the size of God’s love. The problem? It’s too big! If you can’t get your head around something as numerically massive as $17 trillion, how can you ever absorb the immensity of God’s love?
So Jesus breaks it down into loving acts done by loving dads. “If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask?” Now while we may not be able to fully comprehend the giftedness of God’s Spirit which we receive from our heavenly Father, we can begin to fathom the love of a father giving gifts to His children. I’ve done that. You have probably done that. And God does that.
And yet there is so much more that God wants to give. He just wants you to ask.
This capital campaign may be a good time to ask for God to bless and grow and expand the ministry in your church. This capital campaign may be a good time to ask for the gospel of Jesus to be shared with more and more people. After all, “. . . how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask?”
So since God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask . . . then ask.