Christ's Glory, Not Mine

by science fiction author Andrea J. Graham

One Father Always Gives Good Gifts

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13)

Jesus asks us in the preceding verses which of us would deliberately give their child something harmful and poisonous when their child asks their parent to meet a basic need the child has to sustain life.

Sadly, in our day, we can imagine, if not understand, people who would deliberately and knowingly kill their own child. The fact still remains, all but the heartless sociopath and the selfish narcissist at least have a desire to care for and meet their child’s needs  and give them good things, even if they don’t know how, or if what they thought would be best for the child turns out to be tragically wrong. Most of us, last I checked, would sacrifice of ourselves and our own needs to provide for our children all we at least think they need and, often, to provide them better than what we had even.

Jesus assures us, if broken, imperfect human beings prone to selfishness usually have such a strong parenting instinct, we need not fear how our flawless, perfect Father in Heaven will respond to our requests. His love moves him much more. We can rest assured his love will give us the holy spirit to nourish our souls and make us all we can and were made to be, not to poison our hearts and kill us inside. So lets not be afraid to let him work on us and transform us to be more like him.

Lord, we are choosing to trust you today.  We are asking for whatever we need today. Give us please our daily bread from your holy spirit. Nourish us as you see fit. Raise us up to be the people you made us to be. Teach us to love others just a tiny bit more like you love them today. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.