If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3
Giving to another can sometimes be so very difficult. Especially if we give expecting something in return. Many times the simple act of giving is for selfish reasons. Look at me…what I gave! Or we give hoping that we will get something back. It doesn’t always have to be materialistic, the giving, it can be emotional. We often think that giving is something that is done out of the goodness of the heart when in actuality it is really out of the mind. Because the reasons we give start with our thoughts. When does the giving become an act of goodness or better yet an act of love? What would be considered sacrificial giving?
Sacrificial giving, where the mind and the heart meet to bestow a gift on another soul without any thought as to what the result will be. What does it matter to the world that the ultimate sacrificial gift was given by God? There have been many on our planet earth who have given their lives for a cause or so that others may live. So what was it about God’s sacrifice that should compel us to give in a like manner.
We know that God, created all things. He created man in his own image. He created something inside of us that has the need to give, the need to love, to need to surrender to something beyond ourselves. He himself came to earth in the form of a man as an example to us, to give himself for the salvation of humanity. What keeps us from giving in such a way? Sin in our flesh. We struggle with this day in and day out in small little ways. But God also created something else inside of us….a free will, a free will to choose. He didn’t want robots, he wanted fellowship, He wanted us to love Him freely. He wanted us to choose it for ourselves. In choosing to fellowship we choose to give to Him our love.
That love becomes many shades of one color. Because He created each one of His children, though unique, in His image. They become one color of His image.
Pink, Magenta, Rose, Burgundy…….