If I had a never-ending supply of money (or anything), I would jump at any chance I could to give it away. If I knew the source of it was going to be there forever, no matter what, I would be the most generous person around. At least I’d like to think so.
Here’s the thing. We have a God who has an abundance of love, grace and forgiveness to give us. And it never goes away! If anything, he’d like to give us way more than we’re willing to take. It’s running over like crazy!
But we act as if there is a scarcity. We are reluctant to give love, grace and forgiveness. We are focused on what we should get from other people instead of what we are constantly receiving or able to receive from God. Or at least that’s the way I act.
Here are a few quotes from my Bible study lately:
“Our ability to give good to others springs from the abundance of good we receive from God.”
“A focus on scarcity results in stinginess while a focus on abundance results in generosity.”
How true these statements are! And if I really believe this, I would be throwing love and grace out all over the place! I would be kind because God is kind. I would forgive instantly because God knows I’ve needed forgiveness a million times myself!
Most of the time, we think we deserve so much from others and God. Really, we deserve nothing from God. But God doesn’t act on that. He acts as if we deserve everything in the world. Everything he’s got. With a constant supply. And he’s sitting at the edge of his seat ready to give it to us if we’d just ask. If we’d just believe.
Too often, I focus on the way others have hurt me and I feel like they don’t deserve anything or much. But I want to live out of the abundance and overflow of my Father. I want to drink from the never-ending fountain of his love and let it flow from me.
So be it!