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GIVING BACK TO THE GIVER

Since lock-down, I have taken the responsibility of doing the family’s food shopping, and I must admit that I am enjoying it. I now have the privilege of buying some treats for myself (sometimes all finished before I get home!) and for the children.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought some treats for Jeremiah, and as he was eating it, I asked if he could share it with me. His response was a resounding NO! I thought this can’t be right, so I proceeded to have the ‘sharing is caring’ talk with him. After the talk, he seemed more willing to share but his face showed otherwise.

At this point, I thought he might as well have it all to himself because I bought it for his enjoyment anyway. On the other hand, I thought, if I had not bought it, he wouldn’t be enjoying it in the first place. Reflecting on this thought, I was reminded of God’s generous provision for us. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change”.

In Deuteronomy 8:18, it says, “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth…”

All we have, and all we enjoy is a result of the God given power (strength, ability, talents, gifts etc.) at work in us, and we are reminded to remember the Lord our God.

As you see the fruits of your labour, remember to give back in praise and thanks to the one who gave you the power to work. As you receive payment for your work, remember to give back to the mission (the church) of the one who gave his life as an atonement for your sin and that of the world’s. As you enjoy his provision, remember to give back to the needs of the poor and needy, since the Lord has also chosen to bless them through that which He has entrusted to you.

Sharing is caring! Be encouraged!

Blessings,

Chris Eke