We all do it, probably every day. It has a much bigger impact than we realize. The scary thing is, we barely recognize that we're doing it.
What is this thing we all tend to do? We forget the generosity of God.
In the busyness and self-centeredness of our lives, we forget how much we have been blessed by grace. The fact that he blesses us when we deserve nothing (except for wrath and punishment) fades from our memories like a song whose lyrics we once knew but now cannot recall.
Every morning, God's generosity greets us in at least a dozen ways, but we barely recognize it as we frenetically prepare for our day. When we lay our exhausted heads down at night, we often fail to look back on the many gifts that dripped from God's hands into our little lives.
When you forget the generosity of God, you exist with a sense of entitlement and have a constantly growing list of demands. Ingratitude and disappointment begin to dominate your heart and shape your life.
Something else happens when you forget the generosity of God: you begin to treat others self-righteously.
Since you believe that what you've earned is what you deserve, and since you take credit for what only his blessings could produce, it's easy to withhold generosity from others. Proudly, you think that what others are experiencing is what they deserve.
When you forget the generosity of God, your heart is not tender, not moved with compassion by the sorry plight of others. You forget that you are more like than unlike your needy brother or sister, failing to acknowledge that neither of you stands before God as deserving.
This Thanksgiving season, will you remember to remember the generosity of God? Remembrance produces upward worship, inward humility, and outward generosity. Give thanks, be humble, and be generous, because the blessings you receive from the Lord are not what you deserve.
- When was the last time you literally counted your blessings?
- What would your life be like if it wasn't radically re-directed by grace?
- How have you taken credit for what only God's blessings could produce?
- How can you be generous to others as a response for God's generosity towards you?