“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. ” – James 1:17–18.
I don’t know why exactly this scripture came to my head this morning, but as I was reading, it was there. It really had nothing to do with what I was reading.
It did, however, get me thinking. Somehow being perfect involves our gifts. If God is the giver of every good gift that we have (our talents, skills, money, etc.) then we are to use those gifts to bring about His kingdom. The scripture tells us that our gifts will help us “be a kind of firstfruits of all he created”. Firstfruits were the initial harvest of crops from the land. They were supposed to be offered to God before the crop could be used in sustaining the community.
That’s an interesting thought…that before we can use any talents or gifts for ourselves, we are to dedicate and offer those gifts and talents to God, as first-fruits. This has pretty big implications about how we use our skills, talents, gifts, money…basically any and all of our resources.
Do you think our gifts have anything to do with “being perfect”? How can we use our gifts to bring about the kingdom of God?