• Jonathan Deatherage

Good Gifts from the Father

Updated: Jan 17, 2019

My one-and-a-half year old is at that phase where her personality is starting to come out more — which means demands and opinions! We are teaching her the importance of saying 'please' when she asks for something she wants, then waiting patiently while we get that item — not very easy for a toddler to do.

Jesus spoke of this issue in Luke 11:11-13.

"What father among you, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

As human fathers, we want to give good gifts to our kids. We do our best with the limited physical and emotional resources we have. But the heavenly Father offers us something beyond our wildest dreams: He gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask.

Here, Jesus, God the Son, is inviting people to ask God the Father for the gift of God the Spirit's abiding presence. This is not a transactional situation; it's fully relational! This is yet another instance where we see the Trinity fully engaged in self-giving love, which pursues the good of the beloved (i.e. each one of us).

And through the work of Jesus, that gift has been given!

And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5)

God *has given* the Holy Spirit — the third person of the Trinity — to us, so that the spiritual communion we have through his never-leaving presence might become the means of the Father pouring out his love into our hearts!

Today, if you're in Christ, you don't have to ask the Father to send the Spirit; he already has! The Holy Spirit has been given to you, and God wants you to experience his lavish love in the deep places of your soul.

Will you let him?

And for us dads, I think we have a good lesson from our Father. Herein we see an important illustration that the best gift we can give to our children is our presence — not a transactional gift, but a relational one. Our presence then becomes context by which we share with them the love our Father has lavished on us.

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