This past month the whole meaning of Thanksgiving has been impressed on us through many things. And it is so good for us to be reminded of all the blessings God has placed in our lives. Could you imagine life without a family or the day-to-day provisions that we have? We truly are blessed!
As you read this today, you’re probably still full from turkey and dressings and all the trimmings of a Thanksgiving meal. Maybe you are running out from store to store enjoying all the Christmas sales. Or you’re getting ready for the football game of the season between OU and OSU. But for just a moment…stop. All the blessings that you have been thankful about during this season, have you considered why you have those blessings?
You and I have been blessed in so many ways at times its hard to think of all the ways God has given blessing into our lives. Yet, those blessings are not just so we can be blessed. No, it is so we can be a blessing to someone else.
Look at 2 Corinthians 9:8-11 from The Message translation:
“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out. This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.”
Wow! All these blessings are so that we can give into others’ lives. In return, we grow deeper and stronger in our own life and in our relationship with God. He will continue to pour His generosity back into us! This Christmas season, find ways that you can be generous with the resources and blessings God has given you. That doesn’t always mean monetarily, but it does mean you move into action to bless someone else. The old statement is true: You cannot out give God!