It isn’t until we start making sacrifices ourselves until we see and feel the movement of God in our lives’. It’s when we’re ready to give up something for someone that needs something that gets God’s attention.
It was the selfless heart of Mother Theresa that got God’s attention. I remember when I taught nursing students how to interact with dying patients and how Mother Theresa was. I wanted to be more like her. She was my role model.
We have to value whatever we already have and appreciate what we have. We need to see that we are stewards of what we have. We aren’t owners. It’s temporary ours. It all belongs to God. When we realize this we will be ready to give more.
There are so many that live in this world doing without while we waste food every day there are those going hungry. We have closets full of clothes while others have one set of clothes. We have two cars while others have no cars. We have all kinds of sets of dishes while others have one dish. We have to learn to become a selfless person. We pray for healing and the blessings of God expecting more and God’s saying what have you done with all that I have given you?
It’s like the parable that Jesus told.
Matthew 25:14 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.
15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip."
16 "The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more.
17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.
18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master's money."
19 "After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money.
20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, "Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more."
21 The master was full of praise. "Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!"
22 "The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, "Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more."
23 The master said, "Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!"
24 "Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, "Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn't plant and gathering crops you didn't cultivate."
25 "I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back."
26 But the master replied, "You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn't plant and gathered crops I didn't cultivate,
27 why didn't you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it."
28 Then he ordered, "Take the money from this servant and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.
29 To those who use well what they are given, even more, will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
Luke 16:10 "If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities.
11 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?
12 And if you are not faithful with other people's things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?
We have to learn to be trustworthy with what we have and sometimes give what we have. We need to realize everything we do in life has a ripple effect. We aren’t always there to see the ripple but if we listen hard enough we can hear the waves.
I pray for the blessings of God so that I can give more. I want to see the vision of a church finished. Because I know that church in Ghana is going to have a big ripple effect for generations to come. Souls are going to be saved and lives changed forever.
I want the blessings of God so I can be in the center of building an orphanage for homeless children in Africa so they can see and feel the love of God in their lives that’s going to have a ripple effect. It’s going to change hearts and souls forever. And some of those hearts are going to walk away with a selfless heart wanting to give to others.
I want to give what God has given me. I don’t want to waste anymore. I want to be the one that leaves footprints in this world for others to follow. I want people to say. It’s because of her love for God and us that we have a church.
It’s because of her love for God that we have an orphanage. It’s the heart of God that changes everything.
What do you want people to say about you when you leave this world? Oh, she was so selfish when she was living that she only cared about herself and no one else. Oh, she could make the best cookies or cake you ever tasted. I want to be remembered for more.
I want to be remembered as the one that heard the cries of the poor and it moved my heart to give more.
What is it that moves your heart?