How did that happen?

give up...or should I say, to God what is God's.
Image by abradyb via Flickr

Is there a rhyme or reason to the pluses in people’s lives?  Some people seem to receive much while others experience little.  I look at our country and wonder about our wealth.  Over the generations we’ve given much and received much.  How does that happen?  Who receives the credit?

In the business world, people call it “reciprocity”.  When we give generously, we receive generously. Many have tested and observed this relationship.  It’s what the rest of us call the freebie moment.  A store or person gives something for free and when we arrive to pick up that freebie, we feel a responsibility to give back and often do.

The marketing plan works.  But is it really so simple?

What if we look at this principle in a different light?  Could it be that God designed us to give and receive?  He placed a desire to serve within us and we either cooperate with His plan or we don’t.

We can’t turn on the radio or T.V. without hearing about the poor U.S. or world economy, but a couple of weeks ago I witnessed fabulous generosity.

People from multiple churches and denominations grouped together to pack meals for kids who live in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Uganda and Malawi.  The goal:  pack one million meals.

It can be overwhelming to imagine such a task, but they did it, in one day.  Actually, they packed 1,000,512 meals.  We’re talking people of all walks of life: some with money, some without, some with time, some without, some with energy, well you get the point.

If we believe God is the boss of our lives and our provider, anything we have to give first came from Him. Anything.  God supplies our time, money, physical energy, capacity to pray, all of it.

When we give what we have to give without holding back, what we receive in return may not be same for same, but we do receive.  King David looked over all he’d acquired, all he and the people if Israel had done and had this to say to God:

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?  Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” 1 Chronicles 29:14

The picture says, “Give up” another way to look at it is “Give to God what is God’s”.

Today, let us choose to be generous with whatever God has given.  What has God given you which you could give to others?  We are limited only by our imaginations. Share your comment click here.

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