1 Chronicles 29:10-14
14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
When I was a youngster there was a fast-food commercial that reminded me that “I deserved a break today.” It didn’t take many repeated viewing s to convince me they were right! Similarly, a hair product encouraged its use by reminding women that they were “worth it.” Record sales indicated that many women agreed with them.
Everywhere you look it seems that people expect or demand things that previously were considered extra’s or luxury’s. I suppose I’m no different. But I want to be. I want to have the attitude of David: Who am I? What have I done that I should deserve the blessings God has so richly given?
With apologies to hamburger chains, and hair product manufacturers, I don’t deserve the breaks God grants me and I’m certainly not worth the blessings he pours into my life.
But His amazing grace leads to His loving kindness – not our merit. I see his hand of mercy every time I sit around the dinner table with my family, or share in the fellowship of believers from other parts of the world.
And it is this mercy and unmerited favor that insists that I stop thinking like the world – where it’s all about me and what I deserve– but instead to start thinking like David. God has blessed me in order that I might live with a generous heart and give with generous hands. Everything comes from Him, and I give and live generously because He has been so generous with me.