After months of searching for a birthday present for a loved one, I came up with a great idea and eagerly bought it. The gift was not quite as well-received as I had expected. In fact, it hurt when the realization came to me that the gift had not ever been accepted; it had only appeared that way.
This made me reflect on the reasons for why someone would refuse a gift. Not just any gift–in the earthly sense, but the free gift of salvation. Ephesians 2:8 tells us, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” God’s grace is abundant and available to all. This wonderful truth is proclaimed in Romans 5:18b: “..even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” There is no cost involved and yet, many choose to reject both the Gift—Jesus Christ and the Giver—God the Father.
Could it be that one of these issues is a spiritual blockade in your life or the life of a loved one:
1.) Fear. The gift I had purchased for my loved one caused great anxiety, albeit not intentional. It was out of her comfort zone, for sure. Accepting God’s gift is not meant to be risky but full of trust and great peace.
2.) Excuses. The list may be short or it may be lengthy, but an excuse is an appeal for omission. It is a polite (or maybe not-so-polite) way of saying “no.” God has given us a free will to make decisions but ultimately, He desires fellowship with every one of us.
3.) Indifference. Much like an excuse, this reaction focuses on the insignificance of the gift. Imagine how insulting this response is to our Heavenly Father, who has prepared a perfect place for us and wants to share it with us!
4.) Lack of Faith. Why should we hold back on being the recipient of someone else’s generosity? We are under no obligation–the donor cares for our well-being and wants to enhance our moment with the special attention given. Why do we reject God’s goodness when it is so freely and unconditionally given?
God has a gift that He wants to give us. It’s called His Presence which can be with us always, once we have trusted His Son, Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal Savior. The Holy Spirit comes in and takes up residence, providing comfort and everlasting security. It is the perfect gift. There is no other present that can match the magnificence of what He has to give us!
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”