Letting Go of the Bird in the Hand (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 328)
2 Corinthians 9:11 (NLT)
Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.
God blesses us not so that we can be greedy or stingy, but so we can bless other people with our kindness and generosity. Isn’t it a wonderful thought to know that God bestows his grandest blessings upon his children in more ways than we can imagine so that we can be generous at every opportunity. This generosity results in a two-way upward path of gratitude to God from the giver and the receiver.
It works in a cyclical direction. God gives to you so you can give it away to others and the more and faster you give it away, the more and faster he gives back to you. And He keeps giving to you as long as you keep giving it out. When you let go of the stuff that is in your hand, you open up space for God to keep on giving you blessings beyond your imagination. God doesn’t give us things so we can just store it up for ourselves. He gives so we can give.
Giving with the right attitude is a form of gratitude. It means that we realize how much we have been blessed to the point where we are willing to show love through service. The Bible says, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.” Not so you can be greedy, not so you can boast about how much you have, not so you can compare yourself to others, but so you can be generous. Because when we are generous, we give other people a reason to “thank God”.
Giving leads to thanks. Serving leads to thanks. You cannot give or serve without coming away more grateful for the experience and for the feeling. God gives to us based upon our attitude. If he knows we are grateful for the blessings he bestows upon us to the point where we want to live out our thanks through service, God will continue to pass blessings down to us.
“Gratitude to God makes even a temporal blessing a taste of heaven.”
— William Romaine