Our three youngest grands spent the night with us last night. This is always an adventure. One of them had two dollar bills and a penny. It was burning a hole in her pocket! She asked continually if she could please go spend her money.
We headed to the local dollar store and she was thrilled to bring home a tea set and a doll set. I had a sip of that tea and it was delicious! She was fine with spending all she had, but this grandmother picked up the tab for her. And the other two got goodies as well. Nobody went home without something.
Can you imagine this grandmother holding back? Saying no? Just letting them look and not get anything? This has been a struggle for many of us – to believe that God doesn’t demand payment nor does He withhold things. Yet often I have prayed and held back, sometimes I’ve looked at my own empty pockets of faith and said surely I cannot ask for more.
Oh beloved, God speaks to my heart and to yours. Even when you have totally spent your life on things and find your pockets empty He is with you. He is the most generous Father any child could ever have. He isn’t miserly nor does He hold anything back. Just as I ended up paying for one grand’s purchases, so too I did that for the others. No favorites. God loves us all equally and He lavishes His blessings out on all who go with Him. But He also loves each of us uniquely. The boys didn’t want a tea set. God knows your desires and hopes and dreams. He also knows the gift within you that needs stirring up. You have something so very distinctive that only you can fulfill in the body of Christ. He has made all the payment you will ever need to answer His call on your life. You are free to be you. You are blessed to ask for more. You can go to the Father, because of the Son and find more than you could ever ask for in the natural. He does wonderful things that the flesh can never do. He removes anger, He returns peace, He declares innocent, He discards guilt, He calls the unqualified, He makes brand new, admirable, lovable, forgiving people out of us all.
God loves you and He’s for you. He wants you to know that you are worth His time, His effort and His love. He says stop looking in the store window of the Word and start asking for the gifts, the calling and the blessings. And watch as He teaches you to live in the Light of everything meant for a beloved child of His own!
2 Peter 1:3 By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.
I Corinthians 1:20 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin.
I Peter 2:9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.
John 15:16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.