How often do you wish you could operate in the same mindset as Christ? The older I get, the more I wish I could be more and more like Jesus each and every day. Why? Because I truly believe that this octogenarian is more apt to see Him face to face sooner than later. So now you can see, like a little child, why I implore Him to order my steps in His word on a minute by minute basis.
That is why for this week’s blog I decided to have a little conversation with God on the subject of giving. As I was examining my life, I wondered if my habits towards giving were in line with God’s concept of giving. The Holy Spirit challenged me in my mind if my giving was truly by grace. If that was the case, then, I was in concert with God’s attitude towards giving. This trend of thought caused me to search the scriptures on ‘grace‘. And what I was reminded of is just how magnanimous God’s grace is:
“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 Corinthians 8:9
And the companion scripture for the above mentioned one is the following:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Begotten Son that whoever believed in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
It is because of those scriptures sited above, that many people believe that God’s method of giving far surpasses any mortal’s expression of giving hands down. In other words, God gives whether you deserve it or not. God’s giving which is by grace is not about Karma! Karma is all about getting what you deserve. Grace is all about getting what you don’t deserve!
We live in a society of ‘getting’, that calls for the judgment of someone else:….I deserve this…You owe me that…You promised me…
If we are walking by faith, God teaches us through scriptures, that all that mankind deserves is death, and that, in and of itself, bears no hope for restitution; except by the blood of his resurrected Son Jesus the Christ.
So, the Holy Spirit continued instructing me by whispering, My child, spiritual growth does not happen over night. You grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, and you have passed the test. Keep on searching and depending on the Lord and encouraging others to do the same. For with grace, it will allow your giving to transform other’s desires, motivations and behavior.
Therefore, My Beloved, always remember when you give to others, make sure it is in the attitude of love and not based on merit…that is, whether that person deserves it or not…let God be the ultimate Judge.
Scripture Lesson: “For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who (unselfishly) gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.” Titus 2:11-14 (Revised Standard Version)
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Thank you so much, 88bet, for taking time to compose your comment on this blog. I have no desire at the moment to trade my conversations with God on the public stage for money. My compensation is the fact the the Lords meets me every week just to spend time with me. I feel blessed and highly favored. Please share my website with others. I blog every week. Amen!
An excellent word, my sweet sister! How are you? Blessings to you and yours! Dee
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Hello Dee. Good to hear from you my friend. I’m blessed and highly favored. I will be distributing small hand-held polished rocks with crosses on them to about 128 women in my church. The rocks will be a reminder for them to pray bout the 5-year plan that our Pastor introduced to the congregation earlier this year. Just as Moses presented the Ten Commandments to the Israelites, and God gave us John 3:16, I’m obliged to follow in those footsteps and presents the rocks to my sisters in Christ. As I examine my giving habits, I pray that my giving is by and through grace. I try to consider the people of God as my spiritual family just as much as I do my own biological children and grandchildren. It is my desire to leave a legacy for them all. Amen!