There’s a time to receive and a time to give. And when we understand just how much we’ve been given, it’s easier to give back just the same. But our generosity depends on staying connected to the source that never runs dry.
Often we apply our basic understanding of supply and demand to our giving – the more others demand of us the less we have to offer.
And it’s true we have certain finite resources. In a given day, for example, we can only do so much and we often have to say No to many good things.
And there’s only so much stuff we can give away before we don’t have anything left.
But we often confuse the what with the power.
Yes, we’re finite and only have so much to give. But the power at work within us is infinite and we don’t have to hold back what we offer.
God’s power through us allows us to accomplish more than we could even imagine on our own.
As such, we don’t have to be stingy with our gift and can freely offer our strength without fear of depletion.
This is not to suggest we should overextend ourselves in our giving. In fact, depletion is often evidence of trying to do life in our own strength rather than relying on God.
Christ reminds us it’s only when we remain in him that we’re able to produce much fruit. Our vitality is contingent on our connection with the very source of life.
And this is the good news – as we remain in him and freely receive his power, we can freely offer ourselves without end.
Our ability to generate life and goodness is only limited by our willingness to remain in Christ.
Stay connected to the source that never runs dry.
Photo by Amos Bar-Zeev on Unsplash