“And God is able to make ALL grace ABOUND to you, so that having ALL sufficiency in ALL things at ALL times, you may ABOUND in EVERY good work. . . He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and MULTIPLY your seed for sowing and INCREASE the HARVEST of your righteousness. You will be ENRICHED in EVERY way TO BE GENEROUS IN EVERY WAY, which through us will produce THANKSGIVING to God. . .”
(II Corinthians 9:6-15, emphasis mine)
“Thanks Giving” speaks of FLUID abundance--a possibility rarely discussed over our Peppermint Mochas and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. In cozy coffee nooks we bubble about our Thanksgiving plans and “give thanks” for this and the other thing. . . but what if we blathered exuberantly about the “GIVING” that our “Thanks” compels?
Or ARE WE SILENT BECAUSE GOD’S ABUNDANCE IS NOT COMPELLING GENEROSITY?
God says first to Abraham, but also to all his children, “I will bless you and make your name great, SO THAT you will be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2) The exiles in Babylon are commanded to seek good and pray for the city, to SHINE and SHARE the abundance of God with it. (Jer. 29:4-7) And again, the bountiful fruit of vine-abiding in John 15 is for tasting! For sharing! For living radical love! (Jn. 15:1-17)
GLORIOUSLY, gifting is only a piece of the precious cycle God has set in motion. WHAT BRINGS GLORY TO OUR GOD: BLESSES OTHERS: BRINGS
PERSONAL FULLNESS. ALWAYS.
To miss this is to allow the Devil to douse us with all his “gray” and to dilute the powerfully good heart of our Father! Abraham was BLESSED! God’s chosen people were protected and promised healing, intimacy, and good fortune. (Jer. 29:10-14) And the vine: it is like an eternal spigot! God says, I tell you these things SO THAT my generous joy may be IN YOU, and that consequently YOUR joy may be FULL also.