Did you know there is a gift of gifts? How about service, giving, mercy? In all instances, these gifts are given to individuals by the Holy Spirit because He has determined they are needed. If the Holy Spirit controls these gifts, and we believe God is sovereign and in control, doesn’t He place these special people where they are needed? If we see God as perfect in all things, does He waste resources?
We all know stories of individuals witnessed to one time on one day by a person they never saw again, who then became on fire for Christ. Some with the gift of evangelism witness to thousands. Others without it witness to just that one. Has God wasted His resources? His Son was given to atone for the sins of the whole world, many of which God knew full well, Jesus knew at the time of His crucifixion, they would not accept this heavenly gift. Was that a waste?
Think about what happens to people who do not accept God’s grace in Christ. Do we treat the grace in God’s people differently than we treat the grace given from Christ? Is there consequence if we turn away His people, His children, His loved ones? What scriptures point us to answers?
How about Luke 9:5 “And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony AGAINST THEM.” Or consider this passage, “Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.” (Mar 9:37) Consider Matthew 18:6, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:10 is also enlightening, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven.”
It is very clear as we consider these passages that God has identified there are consequences for rejecting his children, or even offending them. What a great offense we perpetrate upon God’s people by rejecting their loving care, their spiritual gift, their extending a loving hand. What a great offense we press as our pride gets in the way of our having to simply accept the inspired service, gift or mercy of a loved one in Christ. If a brother or sister in Christ extends themselves to you out of love, don’t reject it. Many consider the admonition in Hebrews 13:2, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” This admonition can weigh equally as one shuns mercy, grace, giving, service or any gift. Do we think we know better than God?