“God gives us free will, so we may all build the kingdom of heaven.”
This statement from Chaplain Bill’s sermon today stood out for me.
The chaplain was talking about farming – how God blesses a sower with seeds so he may plant them and harvest them later on. God gives the gift of seeds and the provisions of strength, skills and rain to sustain and nourish the seeds until harvest time. Of course, the more seeds a farmer sows, the more he harvests. Just like the good deeds we sow here on earth – the more we give, the more it is we expect in return. It is in human nature to repay any gifts a person receives. It doesn’t necessarily have to be to the same individual from whom he received the gift, but it may be to other people.
As the farmer harvests, he is blessed with more seeds, so that he can plant more and harvest more. He is enriched in every way and, therefore, he can be generous on every occasion and through this generosity people will be overflowing with thanksgiving to God.
That is kingdom-building.
You see, in our charities and generosities we are leading other people to God.
Free will. That is why God loves a cheerful giver.
It also brought a couple of questions in my mind:
What is then my purpose in life?
What does God want me to do with my gifts?
It is when I realized that my life and gifts are meant to help build the kingdom of heaven – in all my purposes and intentions. They are meant to bless other people, so that they may glorify and be full of thanksgiving to God.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
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