Our responsibility as the beneficiaries of the gifts of God
Luke 12:48 – But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
In the last few days we have been exploring the giving nature of God and some of the things He has freely given to us. In conclusion, I will highlight the responsibility that we carry as beneficiaries of the gifts of God. Each of God’s blessings comes with responsibility. For example, when God blesses you with a car you have to maintain it. When God blesses you with a husband or wife you have to love him or her. When God blesses you with a day you have to rise up and live through that day. Some of our responsibilities are as follows:
An attitude of Gratitude
Anytime you give a gift to someone you look for a reaction. You want to see if they like it and appreciate the effort you have gone through to get them the gift. It is the same with God; He loves us to possess an attitude of gratitude for the blessings and gifts that He bestows on us. In Luke 17:12-19, Jesus cleansed ten lepers but only one returned to thank Him, He was concerned and unhappy at the lack of gratitude of the other nine that were cleansed. We need to be grateful, joyful, thankful and full of praise to God for His gifts to us.
I think this is one aspect that I am personally concerned about because a lot of Christians are taking the gifts of God for granted. There is no longer reverence for holy things. For example, God takes time to speak to people and they don’t even bother to take time to record and think about what He told them. Some have forgotten that their bodies are the temple of God. Some have forgotten that their pastor is a gift of God to them. Some go as far as saying ‘I can pray for myself’ or ‘I will get someone else to pray for me’. Friend, sacredness must to be restored back to the way and manner in which we handle everything God has given us. Think reverently of your salvation, the love of God for you, the presence of the Holy Spirit in you, the health God has afforded you, the nature of God you have and everything He has given you. The Bible says he who defiles the temple of God him shall God destroy. Let’s reverence sacred things. According to the Bible every time the people defiled sacred things there were always serious consequences. Be wise and be reverent.
Use and enjoy what you have received
One of the greatest deterrents to enjoying God’s gifts is the sense of condemnation and a sense of unworthiness. This deprives many from enjoying the gifts of God. Some allow their past to deprive them and rob them of joy. They are afraid to be happy because they think it will not last. A classic example of this is the case of Job in the Bible. He was always fearful that his children would sin against God and that something bad was around the corner; as a result he never enjoyed the gifts of God and worse of all the evil he feared came upon him as recorded in Job 3:25. Don’t be anxious about the future; enjoy the moment as you advance into the future.
Share the good news of the gifts of God
It is our responsibility to share the good news with others. Paul said ‘woe is me if I preach not the gospel’. Spread the news of the goodness of God and His saving power. You cannot be selfish with God’s blessing. Freely you have received, so freely give. The giving life is the winning life. What you give does not decrease, it only reproduces for you.
Preserve the gifts for the next generation
It is our responsibility to set the stage for the next generation. We need to be generationally minded in the way we think. Look beyond today and have a legacy. It is our responsibility to raise up the next generation with the understanding of the gifs of God. Our failure to do so will result in the devil taking advantage of them and filling them up with lies. Remember there is no vacuum in leadership. If you are not leading someone else is.
Luke 7:47, Matthew 10:8, Acts 2:39
Personal declaration for the day
For all that God has done for me I will not be irresponsible. I will be grateful and I will carry his blessing and gift with dignity.
Questions for you to reflect on
What do you do with what you receive from God?
Do you reciprocate when someone gives to you?
How often do you deliberately give to others?