Impress God and smile

2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Do not forget: thin sowing means thin reaping; the more you sow, the more you reap. Each one should give what he has decided in his own mind, not grudgingly or because he is made to, for God loves a cheerful giver.

And there is no limit to the blessings which God can send you – he will make sure that you will always have all you need for yourselves in every possible circumstance, and still have something to spare for all sorts of good works. As scripture says: He was free in almsgiving, and gave to the poor: his good deeds will never be forgotten.
The one who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide you with all the seed you want and make the harvest of your good deeds a larger one, and, made richer in every way, you will be able to do all the generous things which, through us, are the cause of thanksgiving to God.

Scripture: The words in the scripture that spoke to me today are

Each one should give what he has decided in his own mind, not grudgingly or because he is made to, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Observation: What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Impress God and smile

Do I do the things that I do to get people to think highly of me and to love me more, or do I do things so that God will love my cheerful giving? The scripture speaks to me of who am I actually trying to impress, God or others? If I am completely honest with myself, there is a part of me that seeks and wants to be loved by others for what I do and achieve. It says that I decide what I will do in terms of service and giving and that is between me and God only. There is no part of the agreement that says to receive thanks from others. So as I think about these words, I reflect on my responsibility to realise my true intentions, why I have made my decisions, the work that I do and how I treat this relationship with God. No one makes me do anything, take ownership and be cheerful that God and I are working together.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

Application: How do I respond to what Jesus is saying to me today, right now what do I do?

Were is my smile and cheerfulness? If I really think that God has placed me [and I said yes] in my workplace, family, ministry, then how do I see this work and privilege? Most of the time with a seriousness, sometimes by illustrating to others the workload and how difficult it is, not so much about the joy and privilege. If I want to impress anyone then it should be God and no one else and be happy about it. Let others wonder about my happiness without self promotion, let God speak to others about me, not me speaking about myself. Today is one of cheerfulness, not forced, but one where I sit comfortably with the knowledge that all I have and all that I am is about me and God, no one else. The joy that I sometimes feel needs to tell my face to show it and not be so serious. Impress God and smile buddy!

Prayer:

Lord,
thank your offerings and for the privilege of doing your work.
May it be about you and you alone.
Help me to change my narrative about saying yes to one of gratitude and cheerfulness.
May my smile reflect the true self that you made in your image and not my ego.
Amen