My friend, may I ask you a question? When dealing with the temporal goods God has given us, including our money, should we trust that even when it doesn’t seem likely our dollar will return to us in equal shares any time soon, Christ calls us to “freely” give without regard for the return?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Most of the time, we expend time watching television or playing video games without demanding an equal return on every minute we invested in it. We invest effort in eating a sumptuous meal without a thought to invest an equal amount of effort in exercising to insure that that food be put to good use. However, when it comes to our money, we are much more zealous in accounting for every penny we spend, even to what we put in the offering plate on Sunday morning. Why? What is it about parting with our money that makes us account when other things in life, things that God freely blesses us with, don’t? Is it because we trust that God will always give us the time to live but not the means to live by?
The Women’s’ Ice Skating Competition in the 2002 Winter Olympics was supposed to be a clash of the Titans for the gold with U.S. skater Michelle Kwan pitted against Irina Slutskaya. Sara Hughes, a 16-year-old fourth place contender, however, stunned the world when she took the gold. Both Kwan and Slutskaya felt the pressure of the event. Kwan fell during her performance and Slutskaya’s performance appeared quite stilted. Hughes, on the other hand, wasn’t concerned about the outcome. She stepped out on to the rink and skated her heart out. As a result, she skated a performance that was both beautiful and flawless. Her attitude seemed to be she had a gift which was fun to share. What she had that the others lacked was joy. Her concern was for the joy of skating, not the investment she had made to get there.
When dealing with the temporal goods God has given us, including our money, we need to trust that even when it does- n’t seem likely our dollar will return to us in equal shares any time soon, Christ calls us to “freely” give without regard for the return. It is a matter of trust, trust that God will always replace what we give with something of even greater value! The next time you are tempted to be ungenerous in favor of being practical consider this: generosity is God’s way of training us to receive His great blessings. Step out in faith and be filled with joy. Acquire the art of trusting God in the little things. It will pay great dividends both now and in eternity.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord often we quibble with You over what we should be generous with and what we should hold in reserve to protect ourselves from the unknown. It seems so logical for us to buy into the idea that You take care of those who help themselves? We’re sorry Lord when we adopt that attitude. If we can’t trust You, who can we trust? Help us Lord to trust that You will always provide for us even when it doesn’t make sense or logic doesn’t dictate that could happen. May we always trust You in the little things as well as the big ones. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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