Fist, Cup or Sieve
by Linda Veath
My brain shut off. (Again!) I was in a hurry to finish a project and forgot something important that ended up costing me money. Not a huge amount. But enough to put me in a grumpy mood, which lasted way too long.
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV
Finally I was able to shrug it off. Why worry? God had blessed me with some extra money right now. So what if I wasted some of that money—I had it to spare.
And with that careless thought, I went merrily on my way. Until …….
That voice in my head spoke to me: Hello down there. I did not give you that windfall to squander carelessly, either by holding on to it or by wasting it, but to be used for My glory and honor. Thankfully, that was the attitude adjustment I needed, and my perspective slowly turned back to God as I pondered the lesson learned.
Our God is a generous and loving God, who gives us blessings beyond compare, including money. But He doesn’t give them to us to hold onto with a tight fist, keeping them for our own selfish purposes. He also doesn’t give them to us so that we open our hands so widely that they fall through like a sieve, wasted.
God wants us to cup our hands so that what we receive from Him rests in them, waiting for His guidance in how to offer it all back to Him for His glory. And that includes our whole life, not just our possessions, money, talents, etc.
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So, we have a choice. A fist. A sieve. A cup of blessing. Which one describes your hands?
May God grant us all the wisdom and desire to use His gifts, including the gift of forgiveness in Jesus Christ, to serve Him and bring praise to His name.