“All God Has To Give” (Romans 8: 32, NEB) by Carley Evans

“[God] does not spare His own Son, but gives Him up for us all; and with this gift how can He fail to lavish upon us all He has to give?”

God is generous. He desires to “lavish upon us all He has.” He holds back nothing from us; all that He gives to us is His best. Nothing is too good for those of us He loves; for He gives His ultimate in His Son’s death and resurrection. And if He is willing to give His very Son, how can He not give us all else? I am convinced that God gives generously, without reproach.

The gift I covet is the gift of wisdom. James tells us to ask God for wisdom when we find ourselves short of it. If we know God gives without hesitation, then we gain the wisdom we desire. All we need do is believe in God’s willingness to give. We must not ask and then doubt; for both the gift and the One who gives it are ours even before we ask.

Take all God has to give.

“Go About With Humble Folk” (Romans 12: 3, NEB) by Carley Evans

“Think your way to a sober estimate based on the measure of faith that God deals to each of you,” writes Paul. He tells us, “Do not be conceited or think too highly of yourself.”

After all, our gifts “are allotted to us by God’s grace, and must be exercised accordingly.” (Romans 12: 6)

Each gift is designed and given by God for the benefit of all — no gift goes unneeded though many go unappreciated. One gift is not like the others, but each is uniquely individual. Each is to be exercised through God’s grace “with all [one’s] heart,” “based on the measure of faith that God has dealt each of you,” “in proportion to [one’s] faith,” “with all [one’s] heart,” and “cheerfully.” (Romans 12: 3, 7, 8)

No gift is to be lifted up as superior to another. Paul writes, “Give pride of place to one another in esteem.” (Romans 12: 10) He reminds, “Do not be haughty, but go about with humble folk. Do not keep thinking how wise you are.” (Romans 12: 16)

Remember, “he who loves his neighbor satisfies every claim of the law.” (Romans 13: 8)