You cannot be like Christ unless you are generous. He was generous with everything, even His very life and every comfort. We come into this world with nothing and leave with nothing but every time we are generous to others, we accumulate riches in heaven where we will be for eternity whereas this life is ever so brief.❤
There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus is extremely generous. Extreme generosity seems to be His natural inclination, His nature. He gives to us generously even when we do not deserve it, when we don’t even know we need it, when He feels like it. He gives and gives and gives, even gave His own life (then reaurrected) for our salvation and still gives so much all the time. Why? Why on earth does Jesus keep giving and giving to us and we do not deserve it. He gives to people behaving well and people behaving badly. All the time, He does this. Why?
Jesus is generous because of who He is and out of His great love for us. He wants us to be saved, know and feel we are loved, be blessed by He who made and thus owns everything. How can a loving Father who owns everything not lavish gifts upon His chosen and adopted children? We are that when we follow Jesus. So He gives generously.
Jesus is our example and why we give back and should do so generously with appreciation for all He has given us. We tithe, we give, we offer, we serve all out of this generosity pot of love Jesus blessed us with. Who are we to hoard what He gives us so generously? Who are we to selfishly want more? We as Jesus’ loved and treasured children behaving as unsatisfied slaves? May it never be. I give of myself- time, money, gifts, abilities, service, encouragement- because of Jesus’ innate generosity and my appreciation for and honor of Him. ❤
The most freedom I have ever experienced in life is when I have trusted God with every aspect of my life. When I let go of trying to fix or control or have everything and just say, “Take it, God. You know how best to fix this. You are in control. You are big enough to handle this. I am just a little girl”, that is when freedom moves in and takes residence. Relationship difficulties? Give it up. Huge decisions on your plate? Just let go. Why do we always try to be superhumans? Why is our cape always dirty because we try to take off flying and end up dragged in the mud? Why keep fighting gravity? Because that is where the enemy is trying to keep us. Spiritual enemies, the enemy of pride, of self-importance. We are important, but we are humans. Why not just be content doing the best we can and letting the Professional of every aspect of life handle it? It works for me. Sometimes I still fight the surrender, but I just remind myself, “Give it up.” And when I truly do and work on my part of it and do what I can, giving God the rest, He always takes it and exchanges it for peace and joy and sometimes a great surprise I didn’t even imagine. There is immense freedom in trusting God and letting go.
Summer is here ( maybe not officially but in spirit), and as such I wear flip flops or go barefoot much of the time. While it keeps my feet considerably cooler, it inevitably produces calluses on my feet. Actually, I work in the yard so much, I end up with them on my hands too, if I’m not careful. So, what does that have to do with the price of eggs? Glad you asked. When we have a lot of experience with our hearts in serving the public or just our family and those we are serving are much more comfortable with being served than serving back, it is a constant push against our hearts. In time, the heart can build up calluses on it as well, calluses of indifference, anger, bitterness, impatience, hatred even, etc. It is very hard to feel anything once the calluses are there. Prevention is all good and well but what if the calluses are there? To understand how to solve the problem, we first need to understand it. Calluses are actually begun as God’s gift to us and our skin for protection. It starts small and if unchecked grows thicker as the body feels the need is there for self protection. Imbalance causes it. Yes, we need to serve the Lord and those needing it with gladness. However, sometimes we need time to relax and revive with prayer and Bible reading and meditation as well as rest. To keep them from building up again once they’re gone, that is what we must remember and make a priority. But to remove the calluses of the heart, we must use the same procedures to remove those of our feet. First, we must get off them. What? That works for the feet but how do you get off the heart? You stop applying so much pressure, must stop doing so much, must cease activities that hurt it. This first step involves the word “no”. How often you have to use that word for a few weeks or months is in direct proportion to how thick the calluses have become. Then, you soak those calluses. How do you soak your heart? Good question. A good soaking involves rest and immersion in the waters of baptism and renewal and revival and Bible reading and prayer and seeking God and finding Him (because He promises that when we seek Him we will find Him every time). Next step is most unpleasant. It is the sloughing off of the callus. If extremely thick, some cutting is also required for the outermost layers. This is cutting out the negative activity or people from your life which your heart feels you need protection from. When you give and someone in your life (who is capable of giving back) only takes, it is okay to stop giving and cut off or slough away that callus builder. We don’t have to keep giving our pearls away to pigs. It’s in the Bible, very true. Praise God for free will! Then, when we’ve gotten back to good health, we need to slather the lotion of worship and praise and spending time alone with God to finish the procedure. And remember the balance mentioned previously to keep the calluses from building up again. God bless you!