I can’t wait for B to wake up from his nap because I bought him something that I know he’ll love. If I, as a mother, love to give good gifts to my child, how much more does our God love to give good gifts to His children?
I find the Prosperity Gospel repulsive. However, sometimes when I try to run from it, I go a little too far and forget that God DOES want good for His people. Not only does He want good things, He promises them.
And hear me on this one: Our God is a Promise-Keeper.
The problem lies in what these “good things” are being defined as. The “good things” God has promised for His people aren’t fancy cars, big houses, dream jobs, financial security, awesome health insurance, a thriving side-hustle, memorable vacations, Pinterest worthy home decor, perfect physical health.
This is not to say that God NEVER blesses people with tangible things. God may give us some earthly pleasures, but those types of things are not what God promises and guarantees to His followers in the past, present, and future—in every inch of the world.
So what good thing does God promise to the church, His people?
He gives Himself to us to save us from the wrath we truly deserve.
He gives Himself to us to save us from working for a salvation we could never earn.
He gives Himself to us so He can make us more like Him.
He gives Himself to us so we can be a free people living under grace and in obedience.
He gives Himself to us so we can glorify and enjoy Him.
He gives Himself to us so we can share in His eternal inheritance.
He gives Himself to us because He loves us.
He is the best gift of all.