Week 5 – Love is Not Selfish

Week 5 – 2/7/16

 

Love is Not Selfish

It seems odd to write about selfishness at the most generous time of the year (as I write this, we are in the throes of Christmas shopping and giving), but I have been pondering the concept of “enough”.  How much is enough and what do we do with our surplus?

Do I already have all I need?  In the Bible, Paul is told by God, “My grace is sufficient for you…”  (2 Corinthians 12:9)  God’s grace is sufficient [for all my needs].  Matthew 6:8 says, “…your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”  And Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  The Lord knows what we need and He provides according to those needs, so my thinking is…if I don’t have it right now, I can trust that I don’t really need it right now.  So, do I have “enough”?

Whether it be money, possessions, time, or talents, none of what we have is really our own, so how do we use it?  Consider our lives as a communal/community garden.  We are all working side by side in the garden to produce food enough to feed all of us, and we are borrowing all of the tools needed to garden.  We all pitch in what we have been given by the owner of the property – some of us have seeds to work with, some have trowels, some have extra time, etc.  Whatever we have, we give to the communal effort.

But such a large project really needs big equipment and lots of land and that comes only from the owner of the property.  He alone has the equipment and the resources to stretch this world-wide.  Come to find out, not only has he provided the seeds, trowels, equipment, etc., but he is also housing and feeding us and providing rest breaks from work during our time in the garden.  In appreciation, we all pitch in our efforts so everyone will have enough.

In life, of course, the owner is the Lord.  “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;…” (Psalm 24:1)  None of us own anything (even our lives), it is just here for us to use for a short time.  Are we using it for the communal effort (so everyone has enough) and for His glory?  Do we already have enough to provide for ourselves and our families?  And, if so, what will we do with the rest of what He has given us to use?

What do we do with the abundance of food produced in His garden?