Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!
When I read the scripture above, I believe that I understand its meaning.
Everyone likes gifts.
If you want to visit an important person that you do not know personally, buying a gift for them might be the answer.
Most people would be ready to see someone who was bringing a gift to them.
There’s something else about this verse that comes to my mind, though.
What exactly are gifts?
In the context above, I would imagine monetary gifts or material gifts.
I also imagine some really important person.
An official, perhaps.
In my way of thinking, there are other gifts and other people that apply to this verse, as well.
Is your smile a gift?
How about a kind word?
A listening ear?
If you bring any one of these “gifts” to someone, wouldn’t they usually want to receive it?
If you would like to make a new friend or develop a friendship further, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear or a respectful attitude might just open the door.
Would you turn away a sincere gift?