these little secrets that are left in my memory just suddenly appear as if some door has been opened and there they are just waiting to be believed. so i wake up from my night of dreams praying for all my loves to be spared for at least another day. wondering in my mind, who am i that He should honor me? what do i have to offer the creator of everything?
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
still i have an obligation, don't i? i mean shouldn't i have to replace the gift He has given me? there must be something that i can do, please tell me Lord what would you have me do?
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
there it is again,
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
and again. every where i look all i can find that God ask of me is to believe. of course the gift of giving is only given to the few, just ask Cain he can testify. he gave the grain that wasn't worthy for the King. though somehow the fat that's thrown away from the meat that we all crave, was given and it pleased. who was this abel and why was he worthy for thee? seems he must have received the Love with glee. can you picture the fat bellied boy walking up to our Lord with the smell of all that meat breathing out from his mouth as he speaks, "here Lord you can have the fat that's left over from this cow that i have cleaned." or what about cain, and the look upon his face when he realized that our Lord happened to agree that the fat of the cow was better than the grain? i'll bet he felt like some martha women saying, "look Jesus at mary just laying at your feet."
i always cringe just a little when those obligation plates are shared on Sundays. of course they have a different name, they call it an offering plate and a different message with wisdom about how the gift we give can be multiplied if we just believe. believe in what i wonder? should i give to God wanting to be increased? is my belief suppose to be in my offering or is it meant to be in the King? don't get me wrong if the words are spoken with love and received, go ahead and help the needy ones to see, give a plenty. but and here is my but again, but the riches that will come should be greater than the dollar. maybe it will come with joy when you see the blind man see, or maybe just maybe it will come dressed up like a fat bellied boy.
in our Bible study last night while in the Gospel of Luke, it finally dawned on me, God doesn't need anything that we can give. He is not asking us to give Him anything. He just wants us to believe the reason that He came was to rescue us and to take away any and all sacrifice or obligation that the world wants us to believe. He just wants to share in the Joy of that belief.
2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
3You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.
so enjoy the gift and then follow Jesus and oh yeah don't forget to believe!
be a blessing,