Modern life is busy. Even when we try to simplify, things have a way of creeping back to a busy blur at times. This week, as we consider how to live above the fray, the topic is how we can give. Giving in this context means time and resources. It isn’t necessarily just about material things or money.
Often, after a full week of teaching and being a wife and mom, I am completely spent. The best Friday night for me is one that is unhurried, unscheduled, and involves takeout. I have little left to give anyone on a Friday night and need to flop and recharge. There’s no doubt that many of you feel the same at times.
If I am not careful, I can give too much to the wrong things, leaving me in this state of exhaustion on a regular basis. Recently, I have been working on training myself to give well of my time and resources in order to prevent burnout while still blessing others.
The key to giving of ourselves to others in a biblical way is to remember that it should be done for the glory of God, not ourselves. To be on every committee and bake ornate cupcakes just to make ourselves look good isn’t a good use of our energy. When we serve others with wrong motives, no good thing comes of it. If our giving and serving are really an attempt to show the world how talented and involved we are, we will be disappointed and get burned out.
Our efforts should be to bless others and serve God, whether baking ornate cupcakes or purchasing store-bought ones on the way home from a busy day. It’s all about motive.
When we give and serve, what’s done out of selfish ambition will never satisfy. Only what’s done in love and humility will fulfill us. I know this because I used to do too much to prove myself. It left me feeling angry and frustrated when others didn’t notice or applaud my efforts. Once I set out to serve out of love, none of that mattered.
As you give and serve others, God will empower you. He will provide miraculously, making sure you have what you need. When we give of ourselves, motivated by love for God and others, giving becomes easy.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.1 Peter 4:10-11
One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have. -2 Corinthians 8:12
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. -2 Corinthians 9:8
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act. -Proverbs 3:27
So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. -Matthew 6:2
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. -Luke 6:38
Give and Serve Gladly
These verses show us how to give and serve. Humility, love, and motive are key. The reality is, we cannot say yes to every request. When we say yes without using wisdom, we jump into a cycle of frustration that leads to burnout.
While it is true God gives us strength, He also wants us to use discernment and seek Him about how to prioritize. Often, God will call on you to serve or give based on the gifts He has blessed you with. Once in a while, He will challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and give in a new way. Either way, He is the one who provides the strength to do it.
Remain in God’s presence daily. He alone is the source of your ability to give and serve. May you hear His voice and use wisdom as you go about serving others.
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing. -John 15:5
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Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.