In preparation for what’s next (I know, I know – I promised it’s coming and it still is… just waiting for some t’s to be crossed and some i’s dotted :)), God graciously allowed us to sell our vehicles. Some friends have let us borrow their car until ours will be ready next week. I have felt so blessed and thankful to them and to God for providing wheels for this transition time. Sometimes I will be driving and just praise God and thank Him for the use of this vehicle… and it dawned on me. Even if I owned the vehicle, shouldn’t I be praising and thanking God for it? Isn’t everything we have just “rented” or on loan from God. Nothing is our own.
Everything. Every car, house, every cart full of groceries. Our kids. Our education. Our jobs. Our pleasures. Even our purpose and callings in life – all a GIFT from God.
So what are we going to do with our gifts from God?
Be Thankful: Turn up the music and PRAISE God (or if that’s not your style, sit quiet before Him and thank the One from whom all good gifts come from). Shoot – we have more than 10,000 Reasons to PrAiSe Him!! Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2 Stay alert, be intentional, be thankful.
Be Generous: What we have is not our own. It’s on loan from God. We can deceive ourselves into thinking we earned it by working a job, saving money etc. – but ultimately everything we have is from God Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father. James 1:17 If that is the case, we shouldn’t be hoarders. We should be givers. The One who provided for you did so, so you can be generous. Now the One who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God. They will glorify God for your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with others through the proof provided by this service. And they will have deep affection for you in their prayers on your behalf because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift. 2 Cor 9:10-15.
Use it for God’s Glory: 1 Cor 6:19-20 says that we “are not our own” and “therefore we should glorify God”. He is speaking specifically about our bodies here (which are in fact, on loan from or rented from God), but the same principles apply. Paul shines more light on this in 1 Cor. 10:31 when he says, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” Every generous act and every generous gift are from God (James 1:17). Don’t you want to be used by God? At the end of the “day” I want to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Matt 25:21. I want to use my time, my treasures and any talent He has given (rented to) me for His glory.
2 Cor. 9 paints the perfect summary: God gives to us. We use what He gives to be generous to others. People are thankful. God is glorified. Repeat. It’s a cycle really, do you see it? It’s a cycle I want to be a part of. Because after all, all we have is just rented from God anyways.