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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”—Jeremiah 24:7 (NKJV)
If ever there was a promise for us to stand on, this would be it. Granted, this word was given by the prophet Jeremiah to a very rebellious, idolatrous Judah, but I think we can tuck it away in our spiritual repertoire and use it as we pray for just such a heart.
As we reflect on this verse, the words “I will give them” may stand out as a little daunting. As much as we want to take credit for our choice to love God, we are reminded by an even greater prophet, John the Baptist, that, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven” (John 3:27 NKJV). This includes faith and any gift of the Spirit. Well, that’s disturbing. Or is it? It’s actually rather reassuring.
Whether it is faith, hope, love, peace, food, shelter, or any need, the Lord promises to meet it and to deliver all heavenly gifts, including faith, in perfect measure (Romans 12:3). Moreover, He gives gifts according to our ability. We see this in the Parable of the Talents, where each servant was given a specific number of talents “according to his own ability” (Matthew 25:15 NKJV). The wise master knew better than to give more than each man could handle, the same way you wouldn’t give your teenage son a Ferrari—you would probably start him off with a Honda. Our Father knows how to best dole out the gifts He gives us, and it’s our place to trust that He knows what, where, when, and how to give.
At this point in my walk with Jesus, I don’t have every spiritual gift I wish I had. But I know I have more than when I first began. And I know that if I am faithful with little, I will be given more. What I need to remember is that being faithful means using my gifts for the riches and purpose of Christ, wherein, my whole heart lies.
We know that “every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17 NKJV). When we consider that the gifts we’re given and those we want are delivered through the Father for His glory, we can be bold to ask, seek, and knock. Our prayers are a portal, and our giving to obedience is a pathway to acquiring His heavenly gifts.
Dig: Read Matthew 25:14–30.
Discover: Ask the Lord to reveal to you how you can best use the talents you have been given.
Display: Seek out ways to use your gifts for His glory and then sit back and watch how God uses you to bless others.
Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.