Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THAT'S Exceptional Generosity!

God is exceptionally generous.

I was thinking about how mankind tends to credit every other thing and person under the sun for miraculous wonders legendarily uttered in theater, branded on celluloid, or sloshed on canvas when, all along, every memorable, creative moment has been a gift from Daddy's hand.

I love writing, I love cinema (stories well told and portrayed), I love visceral sketches and paintings and photographs; yet they are all birthed into humanity from the beneficent womb of Almighty God.

The Father is so desirous of fellowship and camaraderie with us as dear children, He gives us gifts to bless the world whether we're saved or not.  Think about that; God Himself takes relationship with us wherever He can get it.  He seeks harmony and pleasure to befall us, regardless of our place in Him, just because we're His creation and He loves us.  Jesus declares it's Godly maturity to be just as kind and generous to the unlovable as to the lovable:
"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?" (Matt. 5:44-46a)
Righteousness is its own reward, Saints; God Himself is enthroned in it.  When we clothe ourselves with Christ and His character and practices, we also clothe ourselves with Abba and become possessed of the marvelous attribute that pours forth blessing and not cursing... as a way of life.  When we yield to Abba's heart in everything but, especially, in the areas most difficult for the flesh to understand, we won't be able to avoid blessing and growth in the manifestation of all things indicative of Him!

Then, like our Father, we will be exceptionally generous.  The smile on our mouths will genuinely spring from wells of Righteousness bubbling effervescently in our hearts.  We'll truly mean the nice things we do, and kindness won't desert our lips when an "enemy" stands before us.  I want that.

We'll bring gifts of encouragement, tenderness, and generosity to the just and the unjust and not snarl at them as they leave our sight.  Like the hand of God equips and strengthens the palettes and brushes of unsaved painters conveying gifts of color and light and depth to the world, we also will bless and pray for those estranged from His Life, that they might one day repent and become partakers of the rich inheritance of His Love for all of mankind!

Do you want the Father's mark on you to that extent, dear ones?  Think hard about it, and deliver to God your answer.  God bless you.

DADDY'S GIRL

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)