This has been a topic that’s been brought to my attention quite frequently in the past couple of weeks. Often times, I overlook “giving” because, you know, I’m a student and have nothing to give. Obviously. No money, no prospects. I’m nobody. God would never need me to give anything to anyone.
And I was right. In one aspect, anyway.
God doesn’t need me. He’s powerful enough, great enough, wonderful and loving enough to perform His will without my help. One of the campus ministers gave us an example with his own 3 or 4 year old son. He (the minister) was emptying the dishwasher, and his son wanted to help. He (the son) looks to the father, smiles, and hands him a spoon. Then the father takes it, and puts it in the drawer. The son smiles again, and the father smiles, because his son wants to help. Repeat. I would estimate a whole 10 seconds to put away one utensil. Think of how INEFFICIENT this is. So. Much. Smiling.
“C’mon son,” my flesh would say. “Just let me do it. And when you’re older, you’ll figure out how to do it like me (because I’m so awesome, right?). But for now, just stand there and observe. To be honest, you’re not really being much of a helper right now.”
But God is not like me (thank goodness), and I am not like God. God desires that I help. He desires that I have that willing heart to help Him. Even though I mess up over and over and over and over and over again, His plan is never “screwed up.” He is Sovereign, and so my stupidities and incompetance are covered by His grace. And He always gives you and me second chances. And third chances. And hundreths chances. And millionths chances. And He is still Sovereign.
So anyway, back to giving. I’ve been hearing more and more testimonies of people who have given, not just money, but time, safety, comfort, and love. And God has blessed them. He has not failed to provide for them. If only they choose Christ, He does not let them down. He gives them the privilege of serving Him, and He smiles down at His work.
No one’s perfect, but it’s not about being perfect. It’s about your heart. Your intentions. Your motivations. Your source. Even giving can become an act of pride if implemented the wrong way.
“Search me, O God, and know my ways;
Test me, and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me
and lead me in the way everlasting.”
-Psalm 139: 23-24
God is good
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