You are God’s Gift to the World!
Sunday at church we talked about how we are God’s gift to the world as we entered Advent the season that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Before I go any further, I want you to stop and check your reaction to this statement. Affirm “I am God’s gift to the world” and pay attention to how you feel as you say it. Is there a part of you that cringes? That is the part that tells us it is egotistical to think that highly of ourselves. I contend that it is true humility to claim that God is big enough and powerful enough to use us as instruments of God.
This contradicts traditional teachings that tell us that Jesus came to save us from our sins. To me, as I shared in my book Do Greater Things: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps that just never made sense. Why did God condemn us in the first place especially if “he” knew he was going to have to go back and give us a way to be saved. That just seems like a lot of wasted effort. Instead, in my book, I suggest that rather than Jesus being our savior, Jesus is our model who demonstrated our capability and potential.
Jesus gave us something unique and profound which was a pure experience of God. He knew his oneness with God so completely that when people saw Jesus they believed that they were seeing God. Ultimately they were transformed.
We have also been erroneously taught that Jesus was the only one. Again, this just does not make sense to me. Can you imagine God saying, “I am only going to do this one time-so don’t miss it!” That just seems so small and limiting. The God I know creates without ceasing in order to continually expand and express Itself. Additionally, Spirit designed each and everyone of us as channels to stream her blessings into our world. So, just like Jesus, when we are centered in the reality of Spirit, God’s fullness flows freely through us expanding exponentially.
So, when we affirm, “I am God’s gift to the world” we claim our capacity to shine God’s light wherever we go. Now if I simply exchange the word God for love, it is a bit easier to see ourselves as the words or the acts of love instead of God. But they are one and the same. God is love and love is God and when Jesus woke up to that reality, he made love manifest here on earth.
You are God’s gift to the world. You are the way that God expresses and expands. As you open your heart to the fullness of God and allow all that God is to flow through you easily and without interruption, you shower those around you with the gift of God. You are God’s gift to the world!