Who gets your best?
The best of your time, thoughts, energy, talents and skills?
Generally we live in a culture that gives the best to people who deserve it or have earned it somehow. Or gives the best to those who we can get something from whether it be reputation, affirmation, promotion etc.
So how incredibly shocking that the Lord, the Creator of the universe, the star-breathing God who fashioned our cells, chooses to give His best to us. The best of His imagination making crazy creatures. The best of His beauty by painting the sky and creating rivers and oceans. The best of His strength by putting His Holy Spirit inside believers enabling them to live victorious over sin. The best of His comfort and love and a thousand other things. And even giving Himself, the Best over all.
Can there be any bigger generosity than a God who deserves perfection and gets so much less yet gives all He has?!
Psalm 103 tells us to "Forget not all his benefits" and then goes on through the entire chapter telling us what some of His benefits are:
He gives forgiveness and healing, redemption and victory, satisfaction and strength. He gives justice and righteousness and makes His ways known.
And how comforting to know that God's characteristic of being generous is not based on our deserving.
In light of Him, what does that make us?
We came into this world with nothing and we will leave the same way. Everything we have is a gift from the Giver of good gifts.
How would living daily life convinced we are recipients of God's generosity effect your thought life? Actions? Feelings?
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I'm linking up with Spiritual Sundays, Create with Joy, The Beauty in His Grip, Nebraska Graceful, The Wellspring, The Better Mom
Faith Filled Friday Blog Link Up
We exist to glorify God, to display His heart and character. And I just love how we are all uniquely built to do that. So every Friday I want to give you, uniquely designed by God, an opportunity to link up your thoughts on God, art, baking, photography, parenting, marriage, writing or blogging and more if they tie into or display the the Lord somehow.
So go ahead and link up below by clicking the link below and following the prompts. Please just let your readers know by including a link at the bottom of your post (or somewhere on your side bar) or put my button code (found on my side bar or the Faith Filled Friday Tab) so they can find these other great people glorifying God and we can continue to grow as a community. Thanks!
And in effort to encourage others in their writing by faith, please take a minute to comment on the two posts linked up before you.
6/28/2012 12:29:05 pm
Thanks Laura, I'm always so blessed by your posts. Thanks also for linking up with me this week. www.heartreflected.com
Such great thoughts...shouldn't this make us generous with everyone because we are the recipients of such generosity? And shouldn't it make us wildly generous with God Himself? I know I need work in both those areas, but I'm so grateful for God's generosity toward me. Thanks for reminding me of it.
6/28/2012 05:56:57 pm
Dear Laura, I'm so sorry. I linked up a post that I'd already linked last week by mistake. Feel free to delete it (#19). Sorry about that.
6/29/2012 12:11:17 am
How has the conviction that we are recipients of God's generosity changed my daily thoughts and life? Most recently, I am reminded almost constantly that anything I do well, I do because God gave me the ability to do it. If I contribute anything, it is only the willingness to say 'yes' to Him.
6/29/2012 03:24:22 am
Love what you shared here, Laura. Thanks for the reminder that I am a recipient.
6/29/2012 05:59:48 am
Praise God for all His many blessings! No matter what our flesh perceives of as being a lack, we can have faith that He will fill us completely.
6/29/2012 08:12:01 am
I was reminded of a missionary long ago, who told of receiving a gift of tea. Inside was a note that said, "These tea bags have only been used once!" I do hope that we are treating our missionaries better these days.
Hi Laura...your post reminds me of when I couldn't feel love...I didn't know what it was...and then amazingly He touched me...I didn't trust...but He stayed the course....and taught me love that totally turned my whole life around. I owe Him everything....He gets my all....there's nothing better in this world that walking with Him.
6/30/2012 01:03:49 am
Just found your link-up. Looks great. :) Thanks for hosting!
6/30/2012 01:46:27 am
Such encouragement for today. I am amazed at God's benefits poured on me each day.
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