This chapter was affirmation to me. God has been working in my heart in ways I cannot describe. My attitude has changed from “What can I sell and make a little money?” to “What can I give that will bless someone else?” And I do not say that to brag or bring attention to myself because it has nothing to do with me. I am flawed. I am selfish. But… God is chipping away at me. (And, He will be busy for a while.)
I used to think that a donation here or there was enough to make God smile. Truly, God does not look down on us for not doing more if we are only charitable once a year, but there is so much more available to us when we make generosity a lifestyle.
On page 65, Mr Tabb says:
“God doesn’t ask for occasional acts of generosity. Dropping a couple of bucks in the Salvation Army bucket every Christmas isn’t enough. When it comes to money, generosity is to be a way of life for those who claim to be His followers.”
Now, I struggled with this. How can I be generous when we barely make it through the month without dipping into the negative margin on the bank records? Bill and I have always believed that everything we have is God’s property and He can do what He wishes with it all. Even this website is owned by the Lord. I am just a vessel… a broken and cracked one at that.
At the same time, I do not believe that God owes me anything. I am not a person who will name what I want and expect God to answer. I know that God will meet my needs. I know that God knows my desires. I pray about these often. But, as Mr. Tabb says, “…asking God to give me something without my also surrendering complete control of everything I already have isn’t biblical faith.”
So, I must let go of what God wants to use. I love that Mr. Tabb suggests asking, “What does God want to do with this?” when you hold something in your hand. It bring an entirely new meaning to cleaning out a closet.
As I have meditated on this idea and searched the Bible for insights, over and over again, I have been given opportunities to bless others with stuff we have right here in our own home. Equally so, people have given to us. I believe that is what God intends to happen.
What do you have in your home that could benefit someone else? What can you pick up and ask God, “What would You like to do with this?”
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