Indescribable Gift

By Pastor Teck Uy

How often are believers speechless when they are asked to share their blessings? It is not that they lack blessings, but that they cannot find enough words that would appropriately describe their blessings. For them, it is enough to know that God has been so good and thus, they utter the same words said by the apostle Paul: “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Cor. 9:15). Many of the blessings that we receive from God are indeed indescribable because these are miracles—beyond comprehension. They are unlike the gifts that we receive from one another that we can fully describe or assess.

The greatest gift that we can ever receive is the gift of the Lord Jesus Christ. On him hinges all other blessings. Through him we are born again and we become partakers of the blessings of God. Paul appropriately described this blessedness when he said, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Rom. 8:17). As heirs of God, we have everything we need in life, for we are told in Scriptures that the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. The only way to describe and account for the blessings we receive is to point to the Lord Jesus Christ as the source.

Describing the gifts we receive is not a problem when we only deal with their physical aspects. We can describe the colour, size, weight and so on. However, describing how these gifts come about is the challenge. Oftentimes, we cannot fully understand why we deserve these gifts, when we have done nothing. By his mercy and sustaining grace, God just released them to us. There can be no better explanation but to acknowledge that “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). God will not withhold the good that he has in store for his people. At the appointed time, he will release it to those who are waiting in expectation.

While we are assured that God loves us and that he cares for us, there are still many who are living in abject poverty. This is because they are ignorant of the grace of God. They do not know their right standing before him. The apostle Paul described this grace and right standing when he said, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). If we are indeed born again, we have to internalize this truth and live accordingly. Jesus needs to be the Lord of all that we are and all that we have. It is only then that we can experience the rich blessings of God. The richness of God’s blessings is not simply measured in terms of their monetary value, but their spiritual value and significance.

Because of the influence of the world, we have been accustomed to walk by sight and not by faith. It is for this reason that we do not see ourselves as abundantly blessed by the Lord. We are too focused on material things—the things that we can see. To overcome this, Paul admonished believers, saying, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18). The blessings that we receive should be seen from God’s point of view. There is a spiritual significance for each blessing and they are given to accomplish God’s eternal purpose in our lives.

When we consider all that God has given to us, there are truly no words to describe them. We only need to walk by faith and continually trust that he will abundantly supply our needs. To walk by sight is to bring more troubles in our lives. In fact, many who insist on relying on what they see and what their minds can conceive are still living in poverty. They trust in their ability to make wealth and rely on a flawed budget in spending the money they earned. Their budget is flawed in that they did not consider the faith aspect—their tithes and offerings. Unless we acknowledge the Lord in our finances—and this is manifested through our faithfulness in bringing our tithes into the storehouse of the Lord—we will never experience true prosperity. There will always be lack and we will not receive the abundant blessings that God has in store for his children. But as we obey the Lord’s commands and acknowledge him as the Lord of everything we have, we will be blessed beyond our expectations. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!