Gift of Faith and Gift of Giving…the combination makes for the perfect equation for God to do BIG things. One of the mysterious things that He has been working in my heart is this overwhelming need to give and serve others! Really, I’ve always been largely a taker, love being the receiver, serve me please….
I suppose some could argue the opposite is true, simply because God has given me the gift of giving but I don’t think I’ve every really embraced it and found the joy that it has the ability to give.
I’m in the middle of Beth Moore’s study, ‘Stepping Up’. Last week she talked to us a little bit about spontaneous giving. What would happen if the next time someone said, “I like that jacket”, that you just took the thing of and gave it to them! Not only would it blow the person’s mind but you’ll be surprised at what it does to you! Talk about FUN TIMES!!! Seriously Fun!
“Where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” Mth 6:21
I’ll be honest, I’ve been seeking the Kingdom of God first and believing Jeremiah 29:11…”I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I’m convinced that these two things have completely transformed my heart.
We cleaned out our garage and gave it all away, I’ve cleaned out my closets and given it away, we got new appliances and gave the old(really new because who cooks?) oven, microwave, dishwasher away.
I was sucked into American Dreamism, the me-team, then everything changed. I began seeking the kingdom of God first and foremost in my life, I began believing His word, And then He ‘gave me the desires of my heart’ psalm 37:4. Really the treasure’s I desire now are seeing people changed, getting simple in my life, helping orphans go to college, enjoying my children, loving my husband, being led by the Holy Spirit…Loving God, Loving People, Serving Others. It is the mission of our Church but clearly the mission, the desire God has given me.
And truth be told, there is no better feeling in the world than to give it all away and receive more of Jesus in it’s place. No better feeling!
PS. did I mention that seeking the Kingdom of God first and actually believing His word changes your perspective, gives you the ability to adjust to life’s turmoil’s and makes this ‘economic crisis’ pretty easy to navigate. It’s all about looking at the eternal not the temporal.
No better feeling, I tell ya, no better feeling.