Two little words which imply intent. Two words that can take an action and connect it with the desired outcome.
We give our tithes and offerings so that the work of the church can continue.
We give shoes and clothes so that children can be supplied with basic needs.
We give our change to the homeless on the corner so that they can eat today.
We help the poor and the elderly with everyday chores so that their needs will be met.
When we give our money, time, and efforts to causes so that good can be accomplished, we are truly blessed in the giving. But haven’t we heard the stories or experienced for ourselves the disappointment that comes when our giving is unappreciated, taken for granted, or even misappropriated?
Leaders that scam others into giving to causes that don’t exist.
The person to whom we gave our time and effort to help who refuses to make any effort to help themselves.
The homeless who took our money and bought drugs or alcohol rather than food.
We are indignant at the blatant misuse, the disregard for the sacrifice made, the lack of gratitude expressed through their taking what was given without fulfilling the intended purpose. We often withdraw and refuse to give or help others out of our fear that we will be taken advantage of again.
How God must feel when He looks at those who have taken His most precious gift and not done what was intended with it!!
…and He died for all, so that all those who live might live no longer to and for themselves, but to and for Him Who died and was raised again for their sake. 2 Corinthians 5:15
He has made the sacrifice to provide us a new life. And He asks us to give up the life we had so that He can orchestrate the desired outcome He had intended when He created us. To surrender ourselves to this death of self is the road to the greatest fulfillment of our deepest desires. It is the only road to true life.
To live for Him is the foundation of being a Christ-follower. Some of the followers walked away from everything they knew to follow Him. Others stayed in their home town and kept their same jobs while following Him. It’s not so much about the geography or the profession as it is the heart that is willing. Willing on an everyday basis to simply ask Him:
“What do you want?”
and to respond to His commands, whatever they may be, with