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What can you Give to God

It has been said that our lives are God’s gift to us, while what we do with them is our gift to God. The prayer of consecration from Rite I of the Episcopal Book of Common prayer affirms that our worship is a “sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,” in which we present to God “ our selves, our souls, and bodies” as a living sacrifice. St. Paul, writing in Colossians, exhorts us saying, “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (NIV) In Matthew 25 we have the well known discourse of the sheep and the goats. Jesus makes it clear that when we love and serve others, especially those in need, in prison, hungry, orphaned and widowed, that we are also giving to him.

Thus what you can give to God is your time, talent, and treasure for the spread of His Kingdom and the service of God’s people. The specifics of these gifts will therefore vary from individual to individual. St. Paul talks about the various gifts we have been given. Some are teachers. Some are pastors. Some are good administrators. Moreover, we give to God not only when we give to his church or other overt Christian ministry. We also give to God in our everyday vocations and avocations. If you are an architect, design as if God himself is your client. If you are a plumber consider you are preparing pipes for the living water of the Holy Spirit.

God has a call on each of our lives. As is more popular to say these days, you have a purpose. This may be related to your job or it may not. Maybe your calling in life is to be a mom or a dad above all else. Maybe your calling is to fix peoples smiles. Maybe it is to make others smile. In our city, there is a maintenance worker or janitor who does just this. Every workday morning he stands on a busy corner where people are driving by on their way to work. He smiles and waves as they go by. I imagine he has other positive things he does each day. Yet, just this one thing adds to love and peace in our city. That is pleasing to God.

What can you do? First of all just change your attitude about what you already are doing. Let your every activity be for God. Then seek His guidance for other missions of love and mercy.