"Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:9-12, NKJV)."
In this particular passage of scripture, the author of Matthew primarily spoke about prayer and the answers to prayer. When you really think about it though, it also applies to other aspects of our Christian lives.
If someone comes up to you and asks for you to specifically help them in a certain way, then you decide to do it your own way. How does that really help the person?
A person must really make themselves available to others. In order to truly be disciples of Jesus Christ, we must live like He lived and give like He gave---fully, completely, wholeheartedly---without holding anything back and certainly not giving in a way that is not helpful to the other person.
In the book of Romans, the author talks about all believers being living sacrifices. What is a living sacrifice? Jesus was the prime example of a living sacrifice (See Romans 12:1). He gave of Himself, His time, His talents, and His other resources.
If we are also to be living sacrifices, doesn't that mean we also give of ourselves? We also give of our time, our talents, and any other resources.
To be a living sacrifice is to be "holy and pleasing to God (Romans 12:1, NIV)." That particular verse also says that it is our "true and proper worship (Romans 12:1, NIV)." God desires true worshipers--true worshipers who worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth (See John 4:23-24).
Therefore, true worshipers are living sacrifices. Living sacrifices are true worshipers. They worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. They generously give of themselves, their gifts, their time, their talents, their money, and any other resources.
Consequently, when people generously give, they also make sure that the receivers are truly ready to receive the gifts. They also make sure they are sending the gifts to the correct physical location. Because in order for it to be a true gift, they are sent not only in the right spirit but with the right mindset and heart for the receiver.
"True gifts of God's Grace are not sent into outer space while the receiver is here waiting on earth."
"People must be able to physically and/or spiritually receive gifts in order for them to truly be gifts of God's grace."
"It is not a true gift of God's grace when you send the gift into outer space while the person who is to receive the gift is actually here on earth."
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