Have you ever found yourself at Christmas-time struggling to think of a gift for someone, because they already have "everything?" Of course, you eventually find something for them because nobody really has everything - well, almost nobody . . . what about God? If there is anybody who really does have everything, it would be God.
Just imagine trying to pick out that perfect gift for the Creator of the Universe and the "Possessor of Heaven and Earth." How about a cozy Christmas sweater? Not really appropriate since "our God is a consuming fire." Or maybe you could just slip a crisp twenty into a greeting card; except "all the silver and all the gold belong to Him;" so, it's unlikely that His heart will race at the sight of twenty bucks. Or hey, when all else fails, give Gift Certificates! But what good are those McDonald's Dollars to the One who "owns the cattle on a thousand hills" Even Marshall Fields Gift Certificates would be blas? because "the Earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." And don't bother with the old-reliable Blockbuster Video Gift Certificates, since "He knows everything from beginning to end." This could be one exasperating shopping trip - but maybe it's not quite as hard as it seems. As every little boy who has ever wanted to buy his Mom a baseball mitt, and every little girl who has ever wanted to buy her Dad a doll has learned, the secret to effective gift selection is to choose something they would like to have, not something you would like to have.
But how can you know what that special person on your gift list wants? Well, there are two basic methods:
(1) you take a wild guess, or (2) you let them tell you what they want. Experience has taught most of us that the "wild guess" technique is a low-probability approach to finding the right gift; but the "let them tell you" method works quite well, and can be executed with varying degrees of stealth, as the circumstances warrant. Some gift-givers prefer explicit requests, while others discreetly compile a list throughout the year by carefully listening to the expressed or implied desires of the gift- givee.
Let's employ Method (2) to find out what you could give to God that He would really like. Here are some things He has said:
"without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."
"you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength."
"God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth...for the Father is seeking this kind of worshipers."
Now, there's the start of a pretty good gift list. God wants you to Trust Him, Love Him and Worship Him. Notice, that those are all things that (by God's design) He cannot take from you - no amount of power can force you to Love, to Trust, or to Worship - you must give your Love, your Trust and your Worship willingly; and that is precisely why God treasures those gifts.
So, What can you give to the God who has everything?
Trust Him. Love Him. Worship Him. He is sure to like it!
I adapted the above, with permission, from a teaching by my friend, Kristine Aikenhead.