by Randy Chambers, 2013-03-18
2 Corinthians 8:12, NIV: For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
Money, talents, time, gifts; we have each been given our own lot. What we do with what we have may very well define us to an extent. Eleanor Powell said, “What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.” But to become that gift can be quite a struggle. We lose sight of the potential within us when it becomes eclipsed by personal inadequacies; or to the other extent, pride. It seems that what we are, have, have been given, and could become is seldom enough to please us. This often causes us to pursue wants and aspirations that do not fit who God has made us to be. But God did not give us this life, who we are, or what we can do in order to please us. Yet when we take what He has given, work with it, and deliver it back to Him as a love offering, it is then we find true pleasure. It is then we understand the old saying, “It is better to give than to receive.”