I recently listened to a John Maxwell podcast, and in it John said he believes that God will only give you what He knows will flow through you. I began to wonder exactly what all that means. I guess my first thought was probably what you just thought, too. Unfortunately, we most likely thought it was money. But what else is there that He gives us that we should let flow through us in order to be a blessing for others? Here’s a few that came to mind for me.
His love. Because He loves us we have the ability to love others.
Life itself. Because we are alive there is an opportunity for us to serve others.
Forgiveness. Because we are forgiven we should forgive others.
Grace. Because we are shown grace in-spite of our imperfections we should do the same to others.
Hope. Because we are given hope we are to share it with others.
In Matthew 25:14-15, 21, 26 NIV Jesus shares the parable of talents. In it He tells of a man who was going on a journey and entrusted his servants with different amounts of his wealth. Upon his return he praised the two that had used what He had give them by saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” But the one who had done nothing with what he was given was told, “You wicked, lazy servant!”
The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV puts it this way. “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” He also tells us this in Hebrews 13:16 NIV. “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
In Luke 6:38 NIV he shares this with us. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Jesus gives us this command in Luke 12:48 NIV “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” So as we search our lives for those intangible things that have been entrusted to us we need to make sure we’re not hoarding them for ourselves, but freely sharing them with those we come in contact with each day. And somewhere along the way we have to make sure we ask ourselves,