“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them…(these represent)…those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.” Matthew 13:3-4, 19 NLT
My favorite moment when I give a gift is to look at their face when they open it. I’m almost on my toes, hoping they love it as much as I loved picking out for them. I feel that if I can give them that one best gift ever, they will experience love in a way that only a gift like that can express. Love can be expressed in so many ways, but one of my favorites is giving gifts.
It makes me think of the guy at the altar waiting for his bride to come around the corner. With eager anticipation, he waits to see her, to know that she’ll finally be his, to receive the gift of her hand and live a lifetime of exploring the many facets of her beauty, friendship, love and partnership. Because of her, his life will never be the same!
This will be you one day.
But first you need to realize that you not only are a gift, but that you also have a gift to receive.
Let me introduce a verse I want to dig deeper into for a little while:
In the same way you received Jesus our Lord and Messiah by faith, continue your journey of faith, progressing further into your union with him! Colossians 2:6 PASSION
It all starts with RECEIVING. I love how true this is because Salvation is a gift. You can’t earn it. You can’t be good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, the favorite one, the most likely to succeed – His love for you, played out in the plan of salvation, is simply received as a gift.
He paid for it. He wrapped it up. He brought it into the living room of your heart with childlike anticipation to see the look on your face when you realized He picked the perfect gift for you!
And Salvation is just the beginning! The whole world could not contain the thoughts that He thinks towards you, how much He loves you…and all of it comes as a gift!
Let me ask you this, how are you receiving the gifts that He has for you?
Are they like scattered seed on a footpath that never get buried in the soil?
Do you look at them out in the open, but never allow them to penetrate your heart?
I hate window shopping. I don’t like the thought of looking at all the things I can’t have. I’d rather just not go looking, content with what I do have, than stir up a whole lot of desire for things I don’t.
Sometimes we treat the good things God has for us like this …you want to see all the good things, but don’t have enough money to purchase them and make them your own. Instead, you hope and dream about them, but simply pass them by – disassociating yourself from them because they are out of your price range?
As if holiness will only fit the girl who remained pure. And peace is for the carefree girl who has had an easy life. Maybe deep down you think love is reserved for the girl who is liked by everyone, much like the girl who just looks good in everything….and because maybe you haven’t remained pure, didn’t have an easy life or have even screwed up everything seemingly good that came along – that this whole gift thing isn’t really for you.
But in Jesus Christ your future so far outweighs your present and your past that you don’t have to just window shop…you can have it all; peace, joy, grace, forgiveness, love, happiness, warmth, rest, security, safety, trust, hope and the list could fill a million pages and never exhaust all that your Father has for you!
The catch is, you have to receive it.
Lay down the lie that it’s not for you. Silent the thoughts that you have to wait to feel loved until you’re married. Push past the doctrine that has convinced you to attempt to prove you are worthy of it. Let the walls fall down that the circumstances of our life are the evidence of how He feels about you.
“In the same way you received Jesus our Lord and Messiah by faith”
Faith is what pushes past the barriers and breaks up the soil of your heart to receive his love deeper than surface level. So you not only see that He is good, but experience His goodness; not only hear that He loves you, but become convinced that His love is for you; not only know that His Word is true, but see the fruit of it in your life.
The first step to a single season lived fulfilled is allowing the soil of your heart to receive the PROMISE of all He has in store for you.
If you have never received the gift of Salvation and surrendered your life to Jesus Christ as Lord, I invite you to do this today. Even now. Don’t wait. No one is promised more time. Or maybe you did at one time, but life has knocked the wind out of your lungs and it’s been tough getting back on track. Click here for a few Scriptures and a prayer.
In this with you girl,
H U G S
This is a good time to pull out a journal. As we spend personal time with God, we not only want to ask about what is on our heart, but also to hear what He has to say.
Ask: God, what area of your promises do I feel is reserved for someone else other than me?
If you sincerely ask, He will answer. He is always speaking and wants you to hear Him. It may not sound like an audible voice, but an impression or thought, or even a picture. Then take a moment and write down what comes to your heart.
Ask: God, what lie am I believing that is separating me from all that You have for me?
When the answer comes, write it down.
Ask: God, what is the truth that you would like me to hear?
When the answer comes, write it down. The Holy Spirit will always speak in line with His Word (the Bible). As you hear a thought or impression, I encourage you to find Scriptures to stand on as a support to what He is speaking.
Thank you that your gifts for me are good. You have chosen me to experience every good and perfect gift that you have for your children. I ask that you renew my mind and soften my heart, to receive by faith, the truth that you are speaking into my heart through your Word. I ask you to penetrate my heart and sow your Word deep inside, that every seed You sow comes to maturity and produces the harvest you intended in my life.