You’re created in the image of God. That’s a beautiful thing. It means, in part, that you carry God’s gifts into the garden where he’s placed you.
I love that. Like our primogenitors, God has placed each of in a specific location. We are each surrounded by particular people. And in the context in which we live, we bring God’s gifts to the world.
And the world is thirsty for the gifts we offer.
Jehovah Mah’-yim Hayim, Water for a thirsty world
What a great metaphor; water. Fundamental to all life. Without it, we die.
When I explored and prayed about God’s water image, I thought first of physical water; God’s provision, my need, and the many ways I find God’s water. That opened the door to recognizing God’s Holy Spirit as water and our desperate need for His Spirit every day of our lives.
Then I asked the question; how do we, image-bearers, bring God’s Spirit to the world. I looked for the practical, the earthly, the here and now. I found many ways we guide, comfort, teach, and companion.
How do you see God as water and us as image-bearer-water-givers?
The many expressions of the Holy Spirit
Let us drink deeply the Holy Spirit, welcoming him into the depths of our being. But let’s not so spiritualize the Spirit that we disconnect Life from life. We need all the gifts of the Spirit, not just the one’s given to the church, or the one’s we designate as part of the spiritual life.
We need guidance, comfort, and counsel. We need to know we belong and we need to know when we’re careening or sliding into error, danger, or sin. We need to learn, not just about God, but about finances, and retirement income management, and child-raising and neighbor-loving and so much more.
The Holy Spirit is the Wisdom of God who enables us to live full, abundant lives in the gardens in which God’s planted us. And we are thirsty for God’s wisdom.
Your gifts to a thirsty world
We tend to receive God’s wisdom mediated through human hands. An experienced co-worker helps us find our way in a new job. A dear friend comforts us in a season of loss. Even scripture is God’s wisdom written for us with human voices and human hands.
Each of these mere mortals bring the water of God’s wisdom to us in the moments of our thirst.
You bring God’s water to others in the moments of their thirst. You are God’s gift to a thirsty world.
Will others see God in our gifts?
Maybe, but that takes some effort. We must remember. Every good and perfect gift comes from God. We are God’s image-bearers who give God’s gifts to the world. We also receive God’s gifts from the world.
Often, though, we don’t notice. That takes a little time and reflection.
We might look back on our day, recall a small moment when the clerk at Lowe’s helped us choose the right product to fix a sink. We recognize God’s gift shared with us in a small but beautiful way. In our recognition, we’ll likely be moved to thankfulness.
It’s not ALL God
It’s God in us and us in God offering the world what God has placed in our hands to give. Our gifts bear the marks of our unique humanness.
But I want them to see God
We give our gifts to the world and the world is a better place. But more than that, our gift giving releases the goodness, kindness, and mercy of God across the face of the earth.
Will everyone recognize God in the gifts we give? Not likely. After all, did everyone recognize God in Jesus?
Maybe the better question is…
Lord, what are the gifts you’re giving me today?