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Monday, November 12, 2012

Paying It Forward

I love the concept: Paying It Forward.

The idea that when you are given something, whether it be material possessions, service or money, instead of trying to pay that person back, you look to the next person and say to yourself, "How can I give to them as I have been given?" You're paying back by giving forward.

In the Kingdom of God, though, there is no such thing -- though we may try to apply the same concept with Him. He has given us so much. He has paid our debt. He has come and done something that no one in all of history has ever done before. It's easy to say to ourselves "It's only right, then, that I look at what I have and say -- how can I 'pay it forward' for you God?"

On the surface, it sounds like a wonderful gesture. But, at the heart of it, we must understand that WE CAN NOT PAY HIM BACK. Nope. We can not pay back by paying forward.

Does that mean, then, that we don't give? No. It means that if you are in a genuine relationship with Him, you WILL give out to others simply because He lives in you and shines through you. It means that when you give, it's because you are doing what you 'see your Father doing'. We love because He first loved us. He loves through us, pours through us.

We don't live, then, with a 'pay back' mentality. We live with a Love Relationship mentality.

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