You Can’t Earn God’s Gifts, But You Can Share Them

Gal 3:1-5 / Lk 11:5-13

An important element in the training of every one of us as we grow up is developing the habit of earning our own way and not just being carried by the group. In a wholesome family, everyone has his or her duties, and the same is true of a well run classroom. There’s a role for each of us and we should feel guilty when we let the group down.

But there’s another side to life in any group or relationship, especially our relationship with God.  And that is the realization that some gifts can never be earned, some debts can never really be repaid. Which of us can adequately repay our parents for their willingness to take the risk of bringing us into the world and of doing all that necessarily followed?

But that gift fades into the shadows when compared to God’s daily gift of life, unlimited quantities of forgiveness and second chances, and the generous promise of resurrection to eternal life? Who can even fathom that kind of gift much less earn it? No one! There is no earning of God’s gifts, only rejoicing in them, giving thanks for them, and sharing them generously. But that’s all that God, our very dear Father, ever asks!

Rejoice in his gifts, give thanks for them, and share them daily!