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We’ve all seen/heard/read it. That celebrity/millionaire/CEO who “wants to use this opportunity to just give back to the community.”

It’s the politically correct interview answer. Because “woo-hoo I’m a millionaaaaaaaiiiiiirrrrrrreeeeeeee!!!!!!!!” would be bad for their image. Reminds me of that scene in Miss Congeniality. You know the one I’m talking about. World Peace.

If you don’t what I’m talking about, then we’re not friends anymore.

Just kidding. Please still be my friend. I need you.

Anyway back on track. I’m certainly not saying that wanting to give back to your community is in any way wrong. By all means, go GO and give back. It’s a noble cause, really it is.

BUT…

we have a higher calling. I’ve been reading this book My Utmost for His Highest (more on that soon) and on Day 6 was one of those sentences. One of those sentences that leaves you dumbfounded. One of those sentences that you highlight. And circle. And put an asterisk next to. And dog ear the page. One of THOSE sentences.

On the January 6 article entitled Worship Oswald Chambers says:

Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship.*

 Now let me add some emphasis: A DELIBERATE ACT OF WORSHIP!!!

Emphasis enough? I’m sure if we all sat down right now and started listing the ways the Lord has blessed us, the list would be pages long. We could probably write a book several volumes long (look out encyclopedia Britannica!) filled with stories of how the Lord has showered down His love and blessing. My question is, what have you, and I, done with the blessings the Lord has provided? Anything? I’m not saying we aren’t thankful. I have cried so many tears of joy and thankfulness at what the Lord has done for me even in the short 23 years of my life. Yet as I read that phrase I had such a feeling of conviction. I hoard. I hoard God’s blessings for my own. As if I’m stockpiling them for a rainy day. As if the Lord won’t ever come through for me again. I haven’t turned them around and given them right back. I haven’t made a deliberate act of worship in taking what God has given me, and giving it right back to Him.

So my challenge is this: think about what God has blessed you with. Good health? Stable finances? A joyful spirit? Friends? Now think of how you can give those blessings back to the Lord. It might be scary. Thinking of loosing a grip on some of the things I’m clinging to is making my head swim. Spend time with the Lord, offer Him back the blessings He has given you, and see what opportunities open up.

Don’t just give back to the community. Make a deliberate (I can’t say this word enough) act of worship towards our Lord.

*quote from Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour Publishing, Inc. (January 6)

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