Being generous does not come naturally to most of us. As children, we are greedy and sharing is one of the earliest lessons we are often taught. Elisa Morgan, president of Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers International, shared this insight into a child's view of the world. It's called "The Toddler's Creed"...
If I want it, it's mine.
If I give it to you and change my mind later, it's mine.
If I can take it away from you, it's mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
If it's mine, it will never belong to anyone else, no matter what.
If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.
If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
As children, we were all like this, but hopefully, we have to grow out of it. But sharing is God’s nature.
This past Sunday, we looked briefly at what we often call, common grace. Through Jesus, we experience living grace and saving grace. Below are just of a few reference where we have experienced God’s gifts to us.
- Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" Luke 11:11-13
- Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28
- Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matt. 20:28
- I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28
- And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- John 14:16
- Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. John 14:27
- He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all --how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Rom. 8:32
God gives and then gives some more. Some common grace is enjoyed for a moment, and then there is a grace for which we can give thanks, forever.
Pastor of Community Life