It's A Gift

It's A Gift

28 February 2010

Today’s Reading: Numbers 24-27; Mark 7


52 God spoke to Moses: 53 “Divide up the inheritance of the land based on population. 54 A larger group gets a larger inheritance; a smaller group gets a smaller inheritance—each gets its inheritance based on the population count. 55 “Make sure that the land is assigned by lot. 56 “Each group’s inheritance is based on population, the number of names listed in its ancestral tribe, divided among the many and the few by lot.” (Numbers 26:52-56 MSG)

When Israel entered and possessed the land of promise, the division of the land was to be based on the size of the tribe and clan and was to be done by lot. This means that those who needed more got more, those who needed less got less, and the decision as to who got which location could not be determined by worthiness, popularity, or politics. The inheritance of land was God’s gracious gift to his people.

Our inheritance in Christ is also gift-based. Jesus gives us what he knows we need. It isn’t performance-based so that if we work harder we get more of Jesus. It isn’t popularity based so if we look good and make the best impression we are more spiritual. It isn’t politically determined so that if we know the right people we get a better piece of “The Land.”

It’s all God’s gracious gift.

7 Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! 8 The variety is wonderful: wise counsel, clear understanding, 9 simple trust, healing the sick, 10 miraculous acts, proclamation, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues. 11 All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11 MSG)


Father, Thank you for the variety of gracious gifts you give us. Thank you that each gift you give is something each of us can do and share to show your goodness. I know your gift to me is just right to fit who I am, where you placed me, and what you have for me to do. Help me to better appreciate your gifts in those around me. May I be ever thankful, always faithful. Amen.

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