Child-like Contributions

So often, the truth of God’s word comes to life through the faith of children. Kids do not overcomplicate nor overanalyze, but rather they take the truth as it is presented, and make it a part of their reality.

As I was reading in John six this morning, something new stood out to me as significant. When Jesus had asked Philip where they might buy bread for the multitude that had gathered to hear Him, it was not Philip, nor even one of the disciples who brought forth any sort of offering; instead, a boy with five small loaves and two small fish came forward and offered what he had. Jesus took the gracious gift of a child and multiplied it into enough to feed the masses, and more. The miraculous happened after the movement of one young boy, who offered what he had.

“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, He said to the disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’ So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.” – (John 6:10-13)

I imagine that is why He asks us to have a “child-like” faith. If we simply have faith and do not doubt, we see far more of the miraculous. Our offering is not about how much we give, but rather our heart, as we bring what we have to offer. If we come and believe that He will take what we offer and transform it into something great for His purposes, then we understand the point in giving at all. When we give, our hearts gain opportunity to grow further in our faith. We often get to witness the miraculous in our lives, and the lives of others, simply because we choose to offer what we have.

May I come to You,Child like Contributions

with faith like a child;

and give without doubt,

with a heart beguiled.

Let that which I bring,

to You, give glory;

so many may know,

how great Your story.

May Your truth be told,

through our offering;

our time, talents, gifts,

unto You we bring.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful to meet us wherever we are at, and that You readily receive that which we offer. Thank You that You can take something seemingly so small, and use it for something great in Your kingdom. Thank You that it is not up to us to determine how our offering will be used, but rather how we prepare our hearts, and choose to give in faith, trusting that You will utilize all that we offer, for good. Forgive us for holding back for fear that we have to little to offer, or for giving with doubts that anything could possibly be done with that which we bring. Thank You that You determine the value of our offering, not the world. Thank You that You see our time, our talents, and our resources as all equally valuable in touching lives and transforming communities. Teach us to trust You more, and help us to have “child-like” faith as we give of ourselves, trusting that You will do the miraculous as we are willing to move. May many come to know the greatest gift that has ever been given this Christmas, as they come to know the true reason for the season. Help us to love like You, so that You are seen in us. Be glorified in our giving of gifts this sacred season. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Just Believe

“I tell you the truth, he who believes will have everlasting life.” – John 6:47

image by Stacey O. Mokaro

image by Stacey O. Mokaro

If we make the choice to believe and trust in His truth – not only for today, but always – eternal life with our Everlasting Father is ours forever.

Jesus Himself, spoke these seemingly simple words.  He did NOT say, “he who is most well-read, or she who does the most good deeds will be saved,” but instead, it is whoever actively, intentionally, and continuously believes, will enter eternity at the end of our days.

I imagine this is why He asks us to have a child-like faith.  Children trust and believe without overcomplicating or overanalyzing things.  They trust the truth to be true, and place their whole heart in all that they say and do.

As our approach to Christmas draws nearer still, and we agonize over the innocent lives that were lost, perhaps our hearts could be best prepared to honor our Heavenly Father, if we simply sit in His sweet and holy presence, and breathe, as we believe.  Exhale the exhaustion, anxiety, anger and fear, and breathe in the blessings to behold as we remember our sweet Savior’s birth.  Believe that it went far beyond that blessed night in Bethlehem.  Believe that He lived, died, rose again, took His throne in heaven, and sent His Spirit to be near to the broken-hearted.  Today, beloved, just believe.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You made the way for us to have everlasting life.  Help us to hold Your hand with child-like faith, trusting that no matter what happens in the world around us, You are always GOOD.  Forgive us for overcomplicating the truth rather than trusting You to teach us what we need to know.  Lead us to love one another, so that Your light might shine brightly before all mankind.  May many find comfort and trust in Your truth, and behold the belief that brings belonging to the promised place of eternal life.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present