“Listen carefully to what I am saying—and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.” Mark 4:24, 25 MSG
Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came to bring “abundant life” but it is easy for us to slip into an “Americanized” version of what that may mean.
We can mistake our own personal definition of success with “abundant life”.
We assume that growing in God also means that He will give us everything we want.
But then He would be like an over- indulging parent instead of a loving Father.
No one likes a spoiled brat, not even the brat.
Pastor Tommy Barnett preached a sermon back when I was in Bible School where he spoke of planting the kind of seeds you want to harvest in your life. He said,“What do need most? Do that for someone else, plant a seed.”
What do you need most today?
How can you provide it for someone else today?
Getting everything you want doesn’t equal happiness.
Giving everything you want actually does.