Giving Like A Child

wrapping-paper-1874672_1920The Bible teaches us that God owns everything and if that’s true we need to move away from an ownership mentality and embrace a stewardship mentality. Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven, and the heaven of the heavens, and the earth with all that is in it (Deuteronomy 10:14).

What about you? Is it my car, my home, my money, or is everything His?

Let’s go to David’s prayer after the people gave a freewill offering for building the Temple. This is great prayer…

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.

Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own (1 Chronicles 29:11-16).

God owns everything, and when we give, we’re giving what he has given us. We need to move away from an ownership mentality and embrace a stewardship mentality.

Let me give you an illustration that I think parents and children can both relate to. Parents, at some point in your life your child is most likely going to ask you for money in order to buy you a gift. It’s a gift you probably don’t need and may not necessarily want, but you give them the money and allow them to be stewards of it.

Why?

Because it’s not really about the amount of money or the gift is it? It’s about love, it’s a transaction of love between the parent and the child, and then the child to the parent, where the transaction stirs their hearts towards one another.

That’s what our giving to God should be like! We freely give because our hearts are stirred toward our Abba Father and His heart is stirred toward us.

So, How should we give?

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Each one must give as he has decided in his heart (it’s a transaction of love), not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver…[Like a parent loves a gift from a child].

 

 

Turn My Eyes


Lord, turn my eyes from worthless things,
Give me life in Your ways,
Confirm Your faithful promises,
Keep me from fruitless days.

Oh, strengthen me if I am weak,
Or lost in sin’s blindness,
Come shine Your rays of healing grace,
Turn my eyes from darkness.

Yes, Your Word brings discerning light,
To hate the world’s false ways,
Take selfishness far from me, Lord,
Incline my heart to praise!

Lord, when temptations come my way,
And try to block my view,
Guide me toward the planned escape,
Turn my eyes back to You.

Lord, turn my eyes from worthless things,
To clearly see Your face,
For who can speak of all Your works,
Or declare all Your praise?

Behind the lines

With so many distractions calling for our eyes attention, it’s easy to get caught up in worthless things.  May our eyes ever be on the One who made all things, the One who died for our sins, and the One who is coming again.

May we be so in awe of Him that we cannot look away. May His beauty, His splendor and His majesty be our desire. May we long for The Groom as His pure Bride.  May we seek to honor Him in all things that we see and do. May we be good stewards of our eyes. May we be consumed with His Word, His Gospel, and His glory.  Lord, give us eyes to see.

What easily distracts you?

Psalm 119:37, Psalm 119, 106:2, 1 Corinthians 10:13

Time Well Spent – Tom’s Post # 2

When launching this blog with why I started writing lyrics,” I referenced three CaringBridge posts by Tom Carpenter (who wrote them days before he died). Below is the second of three from Tom. To read His first post click here.

I hope you’ll consider Tom’s words as “time well spent” because they are a great reminder for us. May we not waste the time God has blessed us with.

“For we are wonderfully and fearfully made.  God knit us together in the midst of our mothers’ womb.  God knew the unique blend of our individual DNA.  God knew everything about us before we were ever even thought of.  I am thankful God allowed me to be born.

I am also thankful for the time God has blessed me with.  Time, however, is something I have often squandered in my life.  There have been so many instances where I have not used time wisely.  For the most part, I took time, a precious gift of God and used it selfishly to my own frivolous ends and purposes.  God forgive me.  None of us know how much time God will give us.  What I have often failed to realize is that it is not my time at all.  Time, like everything in this life, belongs to God.  Of course, God is mindful of the time we must dedicate to our families and our livelihoods.  God does not begrudge us time to take pleasure in this life He gives us.

Ultimately, however, we must realize that time in the here and now is finite.  So let us spend more time with God.  Then, however many seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or years God may give us, that time will be blessed and not wasted.”

Are you over scheduled? When do you spend time with God? Are you an early morning, or late-at-night person? What can you adjust in your daily routine so you can spend more time praying and meditating on God’s Holy Word?

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