Life is a gift.
The greatest gift you have ever been given is your life. Life is good, God made it to be good. Every breath we take and every day we live, is a gift from the creator of the universe. Who desires nothing more than to know us, to love us bless us and use us.
Life is a gift, but many of us are absorbed in our day to day existence and somewhere along the way forget that we have been blessed for a reason. Life is not only ours for the taking, but for the giving.
Our talents, our ideas, our resources, our time and our very hands and feet – God will use them all for His glory if we just give them to Him. We all have something to offer. Rich, poor, young, old, every one of us has something we can offer.
So why do Christians give away so little? What if our perspective changed a little? If we realise, or even remember, that we have been given the greatest gift ever. Life. And the bible tells us we’ve been given an ABUNDANT life.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”. John 10v10
Take a look around. What have you got that God hasn’t given you? Every heartbeat, every breath, every good and perfect gift comes from God. He is the ultimate giver. He literally gives us gifts we can’t comprehend. Think about this, there are more electrical impulses generated in one day by a single human brain cell than by all the telephones in the world.
God gave us our senses, and good tasting food! Food didn’t have to taste good, it could have all tasted like Kale, but God wanted us to have good tasting food we will enjoy as a gift from Him.
Once we remember this then we begin to see everything around us as if it actually belongs to God. And we are free to give back to God, and why wouldn’t we when he has given us the very breath in our lungs?
God has always given to me knowing He would get little in return. He is a father who enjoys giving good gifts to his children. I’ve heard it say that it’s possible to give without loving, but you can never love without giving. And that is God’s example. For God so loved the world that he gave.
Like most people I’m often driven by what I don’t have, when I should be driven to seek the heart of God, because God’s heart is revealed in his generosity. Maybe our hearts are too.
What does your level of generosity say about your heart?
It’s time to change the world through lots of small acts of generosity.
By giving radically to others. By giving sacrificially to others, and even giving cheerfully to others. We can change the world.
Imagine if everyone chose to hold nothing back, to give freely of their time, their money and their talents. If we place everything in God’s hands, then He in turn will bless others, who will bless others, who will bless others. We could change the world by starting a ripple of generosity. We could flood the nations with God’s blessings that just keeps on going and spreading.