[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]W[/mk_dropcaps]e cannot out give God. The most blessed lives I have witnessed come from those who embrace truth by not listening only but applying it to their lives. To fully live out a blessed life means you learn to exercise the gift of giving through honor. Yes, giving is a gift from God. Why is it a gift and not just a character trait? Because this is something that the Lord instilled in us that is not a normal trait apart from Him. It is a part of His nature. Therefore, it is a privilege to participate in giving as this nature goes beyond our earthly capacity and into the supernatural. The more we are generous the more Christlike we become. God is looking for those who are willing to hear His promptings, respond obediently, and with the right heart. We must fear God and Him alone in order to give generously without ulterior motive. This kind of fear is not the kind that is afraid of the Lord, rather it is fear of being apart from Him so much so that we give Him all of our lives. We are fully submitted to the Lord not just in words, but our hearts and actions. One of the truest ways to express a fear of the Lord is through honor. Honoring God is not just being obedient to Him in every area of life including our finances, but to honor those God has put in leadership positions over us. All true promotion comes from the Lord, so even when we may not fully agree with one of our leaders honor is still necessary. In a generation rampant with entitlement there is a need now more than ever for a culture of honor. It is through honor we break the back of entitlement. That does not mean we need to trust leaders to the extent we do the Lord (they are human after all, we all fall short). To honor them means that we give them value, that we bring respect, love and covering for them. There is so much more on honor I could go into but the best resource is Honor's Reward by John Bevere.
Cultivating our generosity, coupled with honor, is the way we live the most blessed life. It is an expression of our faith in the principle of sowing and reaping. As the bible says;
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.-Luke 6:38[/mk_blockquote]
Our generosity with finances and honor not only sets an example for a hurting and broken world, we can and it is good to expect your life to reap blessing from it. This was hard for me to grasp when I was caught up in a religious mindset because in that place you are in the hamster wheel of earning grace. How can you accept the blessing that comes with grace when you do not even know how to recieve the concept of grace? But the thing is we must learn to receive blessing to the point our lives overflow onto all those in our sphere of influence. Think about how the flow of water into a cup that overflows spreads out to everything in proximity. That is what a blessed life should look like. That is how we can purely spread the love of God to those around us. Without force, without agenda, but out of genuine deep love from a heavenly father.
Today my mission is to stir up a conversation between you and the Holy Spirit about where you may have been dishonoring or have yet begun to put to use the gift of giving you have been given. There is no shame or guilt in this, but a shift of your heart and mind to bring into your hands even greater blessing. The Lord has more for you than you can even imagine. It begins with surrender so he can pour in even more, until your life is overflowing.