April 13, 201 Charlotte, North Carolina USA
“Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthews 10:8, NKJV
We all know the Scripture which says, “Give and it shall be given to you…” (Luke 6:38) It is a true word.
And yet how often when we give, we fully expect a return from the one whom we had just helped or aided in a situation, though nothing may come back in return. Or at least it seems so. From them.
The Lord gave me a corrective word about that. I had been expecting something in return from another, particularly after they had said on more than one occasion, “I will do this and this and this.” Weeks or months later what they said they would do still hadn’t happened. And so my expectations were not met.
In fact, I had to guard my heart to keep from becoming cynical and untrusting of them.
The Lord spoke to me in my spirit that my attitude was not right. As I have been called to give, and give freely, I was not to be expecting anything in return from the one I was giving to. He continued to tell me that He would be the One who gives back, even as He had promised.
“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back — given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:38, THE MESSAGE
As always, the Lord is right. Here is a testimony of what He has done in my family’s life.
In March of 2020, having “retired” over two years earlier from my full-time accounting job, I had time on my hands. My good friend was building a new house, and he needed help. So I began to give of my time and energy, going at first one day a week, then two days. Within 7 months I was going to assist three days a week, doing what I could, just primarily to be a support and offer a helping hand as I could.
After a period of a full year, with the construction 99% completed, I stopped helping for the most part, going only occasionally. I had then started volunteering with a missions ministry.
Also during that year, of March 2020, my good wife Laurie and I committed to pay off the balance of our house mortgage, particularly since we had been in the same house 25 years and still had $40,867 to pay off. And we were not getting any younger. We weren’t even sure how it would happen or how long it would take, particularly with me being on social security, but that was our desire.
When I looked at our balance as of this writing April 13, 201, we have just $3,811.88 left on the mortgage balance. The Lord said He had done this, reminding me that as we gave to others, He had already given back to us, through ways we did not expect. With different sources of money coming in over that same time period, He had made the way.
As we approach giving in the several options we have, which we are all called to do – be it in the form of money, time, or other means – the Lord promises to give back in ways we may not be expecting. It is our job to let Him lead us in our giving, while He has committed to give back to us for that sacrifice and obedience.
Soon we will be debt free. No house payment. No car payments. No credit card debt.
Our expectations must rest in His provision, as we seek to give freely and generously out of what He has already given to us. We cannot outgive the Lord.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People founder
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Message #45 – in the year of our Lord 04.13.21 – “Expectations” Tuesday, 11:40 am in Charlotte, NC USA