No Strings Attached!
As I write this message, I reflect on my first inclination about this piece and the composition of it. My initial message was to write about God's unconditional love for us and no matter what we may do or say, He still loves us. This is true and I may write a spin off about His unconditional love in another post. For this moment, I've been led to write a message regarding God's gifts that He so graciously blesses us with, and His intent to not take them away from us. Security is important to us, especially speaking from a female persona and perspective. Women and men alike seek security. Children, also, bask in security. Whether it is knowing that Mom or Dad will buy them the new toy they saw on a television commercial or knowing that they will be picked up from school around the same time each day, security has a significant place in each of our lives.
When there is no security, oftentimes, doubt will creep in and cause us to second guess others or even ourselves. God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. Everything that appears to be good may not be good for us. Man looks on the outer, but God seeks the heart of individuals. What are our motives for giving? Do we give expecting something in return or do we give freely with no strings attached? Let us see what God's spin on giving proclaims.
To combat the doubt of wondering whether God's motives are to give something and snatch it back, let us look at Romans 11:29 "God does not take back his gifts. He does not change his mind about those he has chosen." He may have chosen you to teach, to volunteer your time at the local hospital, to provide a sense of purpose to the down trotted, to travel to foreign countries for mission work, to work with children, to feed the hungry, to pray, to intercede, to direct, to lead, to sing, to write, to preach, to support, or to listen. Whatever, He has chosen you for, He will give you the gift to complete it and allow you to walk in the anointing to glorify and edify the Body of Christ.
Romans 11:36 reads:
"All things come from him.
All things are directed by him.
All things are for his good."
Rest assured that when God imparts a gift in you, He has a purpose for doing so. Take the gift and rely on his mercy to see you through to the full manifestation. There are no strings attached to His gifts. We have a choice to accept His gift and use them by the grace that He so freely gives!