These are the gifts of God for the people of God. God is generous. God is open-handed. God is promiscuous with his kindness; he is unscrupulous with his grace. Heís given us all things in Christ Jesus, and on top of that, He has given us His Spirit working out gifts in our lives. And he seats us here week after week spoiling us with good bread and good wine, his body and blood for our joy and nourishing. This God does not invite you here begrudgingly; he isnít going over all your failures or weaknesses. Heís not reminding you of how you really could have done that better. Heís inviting you with open arms; He delights in you. He rejoices over you with singing and dancing. He is not ashamed to call you His own. And this is not something youíve earned. Itís all a gift. So come with joy to receive the gifts of God. Rejoice in receiving these gifts because God is rejoicing in giving them to you. Come eat, drink, and rejoice.
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