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An Essential Act of Christian Worship

Luke 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Everyone has seen a toddler sitting in a corner of the room, surrounded by piles of toys, boldly proclaiming “mine” to anyone who dare pass by. Even when mommy or daddy ask him to share a treasure with them, he hunkers down while shaking his head even though his chubby, little fingers can barely hold on to one toy at a time.

We may shake our heads at this little one, knowing mom and dad are the great providers of this collection he so proudly hoards. Unfortunately, there are so many times when we live this out in our day-to-day lives, as we fill our cabinets, closets and garages to the brink of overflowing. Our days can be spent chasing the latest sale and acquiring the newest items. Sometimes we falsely believe that every dollar that passes through our fingers is “mine,” and when our Heavenly Father asks us to share with Him, we just do not know how to let go.

God Himself is the great provider. He promises to meet our needs, and so very often He grants to us so many of our desires as well. Sometimes we find it difficult to know the difference between a need and a want, but God never has this problem. The beautiful thing is that God is not against granting us material possessions; He just wants to pour into a believer who lives with an open hand. When God pours into our lives, He always does so abundantly; He’s just not willing to pry our fingers open to do so.

May we live with an open hand today allowing the Lord to give and take that which pleases Him.

How am I being an unthankful child of God? Is my hand open to receive God’s blessing or is it closed too tightly to receive? What desire in my life has been mistaken for a need?

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