We all live in a society where we want MORE. It doesn’t matter if you are in the United States or if you are in India. Perhaps we do not have more because we are not faithful in the little things we already have.
“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” (Luke 12:48)
We all need to grasp what Jesus is teaching through these words. In every area of our lives, we are familiar with exceptionally gifted people who have been entrusted with amazing gifts. Jesus taught that much more will be expected of these people on whom God has showered incredible resources. It is a privilege to be able to use our gifts and talents for Him.
When we come to the Lord with rights, He will never bless us, but when we understand what we have is a privilege, He will bless us abundantly.
I believe there are 3 per-requisites to receiving God’s blessing:
- Stop Complaining
- Stop Assuming
- Stop Withholding
Stop Complaining – Happiness comes from enjoying what you have. Years ago I loaned a car to someone else who drove it without oil. Then I drove the car to speak at Thomas Road Baptist Church where Jerry Falwell was the Senior Pastor. When I arrived in the parking lot the car began to smoke. I was so upset that I forgot my text and message. After the morning service, I came out and met an Indian fellow who had waited three hours to see me. He said he wanted to give me a gift. He gave me a key to a Land Rover with only 200 miles on it. This was truly a gift from God. I was complaining about the old car that quit, and God had already brought a better one in its place.
Stop Assuming – How many of you get jealous if your neighbor gets something new. We may think he is blessed, but in reality he’s in debt. We are assuming that they are doing fine, but you do not know their situation. Don’t assume that everyone is blessed more than you. Don’t compete with your neighbors, just be faithful with what God has blessed you.
Stop Withholding – If God wants you to give something, don’t withhold it. In India mostly beggars are children. One day a young beggar knocked on our window and asked for money. The driver of our car said “You have good arms and feet – go to school or come work for me.” The young beggar replied “For five cents I am not going to break my arm.” Don’t rationalize it. If you have it – GIVE it.
God has given us all we need for today. Trust God to provide for you and then you give to others as you have been blessed.