Have you ever received a gift that you didn’t quite know its value? My mom and dad received some amber glass china from my father’s grandmother as a wedding gift. His grandmother had collected the china as prizes in boxes of laundry detergent. My mom had registered for a china pattern that she used for fine dining, so she put the box of glass dishes in the attic for a number of years. One day when she was in an antique store, she saw the same china selling for a very expensive price. She asked the store owner about it and discovered that the china she had put up in her attic was worth quite a lot of money.
When Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, He toldher about the value of the gift He came to give. Jesus answered her, "Ifyou knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would haveasked him and he would have given you living water." This causes meto wonder, Do I know the gift of God?
Sometimes my prayer life could read like a wish list. I have all kindsof gifts that I want God to give me. I can come up with all kinds of giftsI would like God to send my way. I’ve even have great gift ideasfor others; I don’t just spend my prayer on myself. This kind ofprayer life must be very disappointing to God. I can almost hear God sayingthe same thing Jesus said to the woman at the well, "If you only knew thegift I have already given you."
How often do I sit and think about the gift I have been given? I mean,I actually have the Holy Spirit living in me. God is with me. Heis available to give me wisdom, to keep me from sinning, to alert me to the needsthat others have that I can meet. I have this gift, but do I really knowabout it?
Jesus knows the true value of this gift. It’s not something to bestuffed up in the attic of our lives. In fact, Jesus was very eager forall of us to have this gift. It had been planned for centuries. Itwasn’t possible for us to receive it until Jesus died on the cross androse again. On the eve of His arrest, Jesus comforted the disciples bytelling them all about the gift of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the HolySpirit is the greatest gift that I have ever received.
I don’t want to be ignorant of the gift that God has given me. Iwant to know the gift of God. In fact, this gift of God—the HolySpirit—can help me understand better how to pray. How about you? Areyou ignorant of the gift of God, or do you know what a gift the Holy Spirit isfor your life?