In life, there are givers, and then there are takers. You know the types:
- Givers are moved by compassion to address the needs of others; takers could not care less (Philippians 2:3-4; 1 John 3:17).
- Givers are glad to spend and be spent; takers will not lift a finger to help others (2 Cor. 12:15; Matthew 23:4).
- Givers freely share without compulsion; takers are reluctant to share (2 Corinthians 9:7; Proverbs 23:6-8).
- Givers are bountifully blessed; takers are sparingly blessed (2 Corinthians 9:6; Proverbs 11:24-25).
Between the two, it is clear to see that the God of the Bible is a giver and not a taker. The New Testament epistle writer, James, well understood this regarding the benevolent nature of God! He encouraged,
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5, ESV).
Yes, God gives. But the way that God gives is especially special.
God gives sacrificially.
He gives for the benefit of others, even though it has hurt him.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
God gives voluntarily.
No one forced God’s hand to save us from our sins! Christ freely gave himself up on the cross (Gal. 2:20). Of his own life, Jesus said,
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father (John 10:18).
God gives cheerfully.
Though the death of Jesus was excruciatingly painful, the Hebrew writer noted that Jesus endured the cross in view of the joy that was before him (Heb. 12:2).
God gives abundantly.
God has not – nor has he ever – supplied a bare-bones existence for his people. Rather, he has granted unto to us “exceeding great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:3-4). The fulfiller of our every need (Psa. 81:10), God has richly bestowed upon us an eternal supply of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (cf. Eph. 1:3).
In this season of thanksgiving, make sure that you keep returning to Him who has gifted you all that you need and so much more. Live a life of thanksgiving which is dedicated to serve Him!