“A friend of mine,” Stan began one morning, “publishes a weekly online blog that deals with varying subjects about Christian giving.”
“Good stuff?” I asked.
“Always,” Stan replied. “My friend is a deep thinker. One of his recent blogs had to do with how it seems the church is not held adequately accountable for reporting results of what has been done with money donated to the church.”
“And,” Stan continued, “his thoughts made me think about what God is going to ask me when I stand before Him.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“He is going to ask me what I did with what He gave me,” Stan replied. “He already knows the answer, but He is going to ask anyway.”
Continuing, he said, “Not only can I look forward to that question when I step into eternity, God’s Holy Spirit living in me continually asks the same question on this side of eternity.”
“And your answer is what?” I asked.
“Depends on how honest I am,” Stan said rather solemnly, but then added with a smile, “if I can honestly give an answer God is pleased with on this side of eternity, I know it is going to go well when I stand before Him in eternity.”
“Sounds like great motivation,” I replied.
“You got it, my friend,” Stan said. “Each day God gives me opportunities to respond to people He brings before me. And He places me in circumstances with the opportunity to respond. He provides continuous opportunities for me to do His will by denying self, taking up my cross, and following Him wherever He wants to lead.”
Concluding, Stan said, “It is always a matter of choice how I respond to God’s opportunities. My daily prayers include that I will be committed to having a good answer for God when He asks, ‘What did you do with that?’”
Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me. Matthew 25:45.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for all that you provide to and for me. Thank you for the truth that you do ask what I do with what you provide. You ask not because you do not already know, but you ask in order to teach me to do with your provision what you intend. Please forgive all of the times I use selfishly what you provide. And please, Lord, lead and help me to follow in using all of your provision exactly as you want. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.