Want More of God?
John 1:16 (NLT) ~ "We have all benefited from the rich blessings he (God) brought to us--one gracious blessing after another."
Most of us in this world don't know that it is God who gives us the things we need for life. "From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made." (Romans 1:20 ~ NLT) "For He gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and on the unjust, too." (Matthew 5:45 ~ NLT) No matter which side we think we fit into, God sends the rain and the sunlight to us on this home we call earth.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV) ~ "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us..."
We have all read the tee shirt that said, "Love is not love till you give it away." I laughed when I first read it, but I guess it must be true. If we learn to be imitators of God and live a life of love, we are learning to go through life as "givers" instead of "takers."
Luke 6:38 (NLT) ~ "If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving--large or small--it will be used to measure what is given back to you."
If we don't believe that this Word from God is true, all we have to do is smile at the next stranger we come across. Nine times out of ten, they will smile back. An instant pay back for our "gift." Wow! We do get what we give out. And if God gives us His word on it, then we can't out give God. If we learn to empty ourselves into the lives of others, then even if they don't return the favor, God will fill us back up. God rushes into our emptiness if we let Him. Our emptiness keeps God's presense with us. (Cool, I could use more of that.) When we are "full," it's for the benefit of someone else's "emptiness." We draw close to God by emptying ourselves into others. How much of God do you want?