Fall is typically the time in which we focus on the changing of the seasons
and the Thanksgiving Holiday. Thanksgiving is a time where we reflect on how
grateful we are to have family and friends and all the blessings of God. As I
reflect on what it means to be thankful for what’s been given, I am reminded of
Luke 6:48 (NKJV), “…For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will
be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the
I have asked God for a lot over the years. Whether it was for finances,
healing, career choices, family issues or matters of the heart, I have not been shy
with my requests. Never realizing that the more that was given to me, the more
would be required of me. So many times we ask for more of anything, you name
it, but hardly every realize the great responsibility that goes along with it.
Regardless of the responsibility we remain grateful for the gifts that God gives,
however as we are reflecting on His incredible generosity, it is not a bad idea to
think of ways that we too can give back. The verse says that to whom much is
given much is required, but it doesn’t say the same is required in return. We
could never repay God on our best day. After all, what value can you place on
salvation, victory, deliverance, stability, peace, or healing? We could never in a
million years match God’s level of giving, however, I do believe that we can be
inspired by His gifts to give at our particular level.
God loved us so much, that He gave us His very best as an expression (John 3:16).
With this He presented us with a model on giving to others. Give
your very best. We are blessed more than we acknowledge or realize, and
especially in comparison to some others who have much less than we do. We
have been given much, and during this season, and for the rest of our lives, we
should always have in mind the requirement to give back.
God has given us a beautiful and unflawed system for giving and
receiving. Some of the most generous people on the planet are also some of the
wealthiest people on the planet. Calculations can be made to determine the truth
of that statement, but I would venture to say that the wealth of the incalculable
(love, time, relationships) could be found with those most generous as well. No
matter what you’ve been given as a gift the more of it you have, the more will be
required of you. This holiday season remain grateful and thankful for the needs
God has met in your life and be willing and obedient to the Word of God that
requires us to give because we have first been given.