We live in a culture of self. From a young age, we are told to unapologetically be who we are, to look out for number 1, to chase our dreams without thought of anybody else. And these can all be good things…. The problem is that we make them the premise of our entire lives. We get so caught up in the pursuit of ourselves that we forget we were made to seek and serve HIS Self. We forget that this life we have been given was never meant to be carried out for our pleasure and betterment. We are always, always, always living on borrowed time. The breath we have been given is an immense responsibility to worship the God who made us and to recklessly love His creation.
When we come to realize that life is not about us, that we were not placed here on earth for the sole purpose of fulfilling the great American dream, that our plans are secondary to God’s will . . . when we come to believe and understand these facts of life, only then can we become good stewards of our time on this side of Heaven. And, in fact, you might be surprised to find that the abandonment of yourself will ultimately lead to a greater understanding of who you are. Humankind was made in the image of Love, of Hope, of Peace. . . We were made in the Image of God. So when we are more intentional with the way we live and treat other people, when we swallow our pride and put aside our offended nature, when we lend a helping hand and offer compassion, when we become good stewards of self, we are growing closer to who we were made to be. And that’s the paradox of our faith: the more we lose ourselves to God’s desires, the more we find ourselves there in His presence.
- Pray that you give God the first fruits of your labor as a token of your obedience to Him.
- Are you currently tithing? If, you are tithing on a regular basis, is it given from your heart or your wallet?
- Pray that you cheerfully give your time, money, talents, and efforts to The One that has not only created you but redeemed you from eternal damnation.
“..tithing isn’t something I do to clear my conscience so I can do whatever
I want with the 90 percent–it also belongs to God! I must seek his direction
and permission for whatever I do with the full amount. I may
discover that God has different ideas than I do.” – Randy Alcorn