“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 first-fruits of all He created.”
Yesterday we learned about how and why God gives us His good and perfect gifts and blessings. It is because of His GOOD character and not ours! It is because He is a loving and kind God.
Here in verse 18, it’s almost like the icing on the cake, with the prime words being “He chose”. Every gift from God is free, unconditional and an extension and example of His good character. None more so than the gift of salvation. He chose to save us and set us free from the bondage of sin, shame and guilt. That was and is the best GOOD gift of all time. He chose to save us while we were still sinners.
Yet there is more. The end of verse 18 says that we are like His “first fruits” of all He created. In other words “out of all creation”…”we became His prized possession” (NLT version of this verse). When farmers paid tithes, they were encouraged to give the first-fruits of their harvests. This was always the best of the crops, cattle and wheat. This showed that God would always be priority and get the best before anyone else. James tells us here that we are God’s best from all created things, on earth and above.
It is this reason that God sent Jesus to reconcile us back to Him. It is because He loved us so much, that He also sent His best, His Only Begotten SON…JESUS. He chose to restore our relationship with Him. That is the best and greatest gift of all time.
Remember as you go about your day today, that there is a God, choosing to bless you, choosing to pour out His love over you and choosing to give you His best. Will you give Him yours?