23 Sep Heart to Heart with God: Day 112_Give Before We Take
by Michael Bluemling Jr.
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 112- Robinson Township, Pennsylvania: Give Before We Take
Here are a few concepts that we have heard before throughout our lives from the Bible that can really help us become a better giver in our lives vs. being a taker. In order to have both a quality relationship with God and have success in this world we need to have a giving mentality as we allow God to provide for us. These teachings are emphasized by the Apostle Matthew in two separate teachings by Jesus in his Gospel, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”, & “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets”.
Further stated in the Bible from Matthew is to “do unto others that they would do unto you”, most commonly referred to as the “Golden Rule”. In this statement we are taught and instructed to give to others and they to will give unto us. It does not say take from others first or to get what is owed to you first. It says to do first, which in principle is us taking the action and putting the responsibility on our shoulders to live beyond the selfish world that is all around us. Mostly everything you see on TV or the Internet is focused around “Me and I”. What message does this send to our society in light of being educated about our obligation to think of others needs before our own?
What if we all changed our hearts and minds to become givers in this world every single day, while serving God? What kind of world would we live in then? Would all of the violence and wars end? Would one brother stop trying to kill another brother over a piece of land or property? Is that the level of intelligence that we stoop to? Are we not sophisticated humans with minds that build beautiful skyscrapers, massive bridges to travel across, and damns for renewable energy to be created?
How can we give today and make it a prosperous day for someone else as they equally make our day prosperous? From the Apostle John, “Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me”. Amen. Through God we can find a way to see the truth and live a life full of giving love to others as we receive their love in return.
Reflection Day #112
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: