I have been thinking about this a lot lately.
Our current President wants to impose this on those who have been given, or have earned, a lot of money. Following the Biblical concept, I guess I can see this, except I also see where in the Bible we are instructed to not give under compulsion. So, that’s all back and forth, and not at all what’s really on my mind.
What has been on my mind, is how I have been given a lot of life experience. I have been through some stuff. And, it’s not like I have it as extra baggage, God has helped me deal with most of it, and has healed me in so many different areas of my life.
Now I understand where the “much is expected” part comes into play. Because I have been through so many things, and I am now on the other side, where all that pain and anger I had stored up for years, has been dealt with. Forgiveness has been released, and healing has taken hold. There is no more bitterness at those who have somehow hurt me in my life. There is no more hatred. But, I now, instead, have this amazing view that I never had when I was holding on to those things, or going through it all. I can see the evidence of where God has been at work, healing me, restoring me, building me up, all while I wasn’t even paying attention to what He was up to. I didn’t have to fix myself, I didn’t have to be conscious of what He was doing, I didn’t have to do anything, except concentrate on my relationship with Him and with others. I never would have believed anyone telling me this 10 or 15 or even 25 years ago. I thought I had to be on top of it all, completely aware, ready to fix my own problems.
God changed my perspective and He illuminated my understanding about what it really means to belong to Him. I can finally relax and rest in Him. I don’t have to exhaust myself. He really does care for me, He takes care of me.
Now I find that I want to reach out to the hurting, the destitute, the unlovable, the rejected. I can identify with each of those positions in life, those self-perceptions. I can help show others that, through the love of and faith in God, it no longer has to be that way. The way we view ourselves, it’s not how God views us. The hurt, the wounds, they don’t have to be the way it is. They can be the way it was, with scars on our hearts covered by the most amazing and beautiful Grace ever known to mankind.
We can be restored, stronger, healthy, even whole. Because with God: ALL things are possible, and He turns everything around for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
I am so very glad He reached down to me, lifted me up out of that muck and the mire that was my life before really following Him, and He Saved me.
I am forever in His debt.