The Grace Account

A good friend of mine teaches his son that they are “givers not takers”. What a great concept.

Teaching this to children at an early age is key. This way, they live out their lives with it embedded in their system… to be a giver not a taker.

In a world where everyone is out for their own self interest it is easy to turn the tide with one selfless action. They make the news from time to time because they rarely happen. But, even though they often go unnoticed and overlooked God sees them all.

A friend recently purchased a tank of gas for me. My truck, like all trucks, loves gas so my trips to the gas station are quite frequent. What a relief to have a free tank of gas. With that $50 I saved however the Lord pressed on my heart to give it away. So, a portion went to buy a meal for a friend that needed to talk and the rest went to a ministry. Who knows… that initial free tank of gas could have snowballed into some gift much larger and greater than I will ever know of earth.

Now take this ‘pay it forward’ priniciple and apply it to grace.

Grace is so easy to take, and so hard to give. Why? Because it isn’t in our nature. Everything inside us wants to judge and weigh scales. We want to interpret, analyze, criticize and tear down. So when are we closest to truly understanding the grace of God?  We are closest when we have no choice but to accept it and cling to it because it is all we have.

The result… you give it away. Because you are so overcome with gratitude you can’t possibly pass judgement on another. Giving is the expression of gratitude. Whether it is money or grace, your gratitude for both can be measured by how you give them away.

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Luke 6: 37-38

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 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.

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Followers of Jesus: we are givers, not takers. In your marriage, in your finances, at work, and in the community… the health of your life can be correlated to how giving your spirit is. When you allow the river of God’s blessings to flow through you and you give that blessing to others, God will continue to give you more because you are faithful to give it away.

Give and it shall be given.

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