Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.
(Deuteronomy 16:17 (NIV))
Is this as difficult a passage for you to read as it is for me to read?
Think about that passage for a moment and be honest with yourself.
Do you give to the Lord anywhere near the amount that He has blessed you? You may be thinking that everything is His and you would be correct. You could also ask, “How can I give Him something that would mean anything in relation to what He already has?” With those types of questions and the obvious answers from a human perspective, too many of us simply give up and don’t try to give anything in return. True, we may write an occasional check on Sunday, but do we truly give in proportion to the way that the Lord has blessed us?
God does not want or need your money if it is giving without a desire to see His Kingdom come. He is capable of doing anything and everything without our money, for if it is in His will, He will provide. What He asks for is trust and faith. I can only imagine, but I honestly believe that since we hold money to be so dear to our lives, God asks us to give it. He does not ask out of His need, but out of our dependence upon it. If society chose to value anything as much is it does money, then God would ask us to give that as well.
I honestly think that God is trying to mature us to be in the image of Christ. Jesus gave all that He had to save us from the legal ramifications of our sins. Through the gift that Jesus gave, all can be offered salvation. This is the ultimate gift.
How can we give the ultimate gift to God?
I honestly believe that it has something to do with fruit !
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
(Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV))
If we share the Gospel and truly desire to show the world the fruit that is within us, then we may be on the right track to giving a gift in proportion to the way the Lord has blessed us. This will soften our hearts and give us a heart that longs to give.
How is your gift to God?