14th April 2012

The Only Sensible Response – Giving

“…he who gives, with liberality;”
Romans 12:8 (NKJV)

It has been said that you cannot out-give God.  This is true because God is ‘giver’ by nature.  He is giving, he is grace, he is love (defined as outgoing concern for others), he is generous and most liberal.  It is out of this nature that he gave us life and continues to support that life by his own life.  And this is only the beginning.  We are not now able to receive all that God has reserved in heaven for us, in fact, we cannot even imagine what God has in store for us throughout eternity!

It is also true to say that God takes immeasurable delight in giving all things to us.  Don’t we rejoice that God is this way?  But imagine what it would be like if God was not this way.  What if God dealt in ‘leasts’ and not ‘greatests’?  What a damper that would put on life.  You know, that is what the Devil used to cause our first parents to rebel.  He convinced them that God was holding out on them, that there was more available to them than God was offering.  And look at the result of that kind of thinking…

But God is not like that—he has promised us everything (Hebrews 2:8); he has kept back nothing for us.  Actually everything that there is has been created for us and will be given to us.  Such liberality!

And what does God want of us?  He wants us to be like him.  He wants us to respond to him as he does to us.  His desire is that we will live forever with him sharing the fullness of life that he enjoys.

In the light of this how can we be stingy?  How can we have anything but generous thoughts and actions toward one another?

A lack of liberality in giving is tantamount to ingratitude for all that God has done and will do for us.  It is the cause of a withered soul.  It is the act of selfishness.  But liberality on the other hand is like oil that lubricates our very inner being and makes us supple and malleable, someone that God can mould, someone in whom he will take delight.

Prayer
Father in heaven, how overwhelming is your giving.  How liberal and generous you are in all your dealings with us.  Let that mark my dealings with the world I meet today.  Let me reflect your nature as I seek the appropriate response for all that you have given me.
Amen

Study by David Stirk

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