What is the best gift you have ever received? Maybe it was for a birthday, at Christmas or for an anniversary? However good that gift was, Paul speaks of a better gift in today’s passage.
Today’s passage refers to Psalm 68. The gift Paul mentions is a reference to soldiers returning from war and sharing the spoils of war with their family and friends. Paul is drawing the comparison between Jesus and a returning soldier. Christ is victorious! He has defeated death and chooses to share His victory with us.
This gift is God equipping us to be part of His body, built up in His knowledge, and understanding the completeness of Christ’s sacrifice. These gifts are given so that we can truthfully tell others about Jesus’ love and grow the church in maturity.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gifts that You have given me. Thank you for transforming me and equipping me to share the good news of Jesus — His death and resurrection as He defeated sin. Help me to be bold in sharing Your message and love with those who don’t yet know You. Amen.