Updated: Jan 5
Have you ever been asked, "are you a giver or a taker???"
Isn't this a simple question? I can just imagine what you are thinking..."Of course I'm a giver..duh!" But wait, let's add the catch.
Are you giver or taker with God? Now it's an interesting question, and probably complicated. Why? Because of many natural conflicts in how we think about God.
But let's simplify the question in this way—God created you to give Him at least 3 simple things that you hear almost every week in church, "God we give you the GLORY, THE HONOR, AND THE PRAISE!" (REMEMBER THAT, LOL)
So do you give it to Him, or do you only take His blessings for granted???
First, to give God the Glory means to "ascribe to Him the credit He is due." That means that while you can't add to the Glory of God, you are actually revealing the Glory, as in giving God the credit over yourself, in our words, deeds, and lifestyle." So do you?
Second, to give God the Honor means to "demonstrate His value to you." This means that like the woman with the Alabastar box, you give what you have—you life, your money, your time, etc—to His work to demonstrate to Him that you love Him, both in and out of church. So do you?
Finally, to give God the Praise means to "speak well of His mighty acts." This means that in all situations, you shout to God who is worthy to be applauded and cheered, just as when a King walks in His court, His followers, cheer for their mighty King and shout phrases of adoration...'long lived..."So do you?
If you answered no to any, no worries! You can start right now even as you finish this post, and watch what happens by the time you caught up in worship. By the time you start crediting God for all He is doing, by time you finish giving yourself to God in your heart, by the time you let it flow out of your mouth in praise, watch what happens. Ask Jeremiah,
20:9..."I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones,"
So let's gooo...Wherever you are right now, give God THE GLORY, THE HONOR, AND THE PRAISE!!!
1 Corinthians 10:31..."So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Proverbs 3:9...Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
Psalm 108:3...I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.