Read James 1:1-11

There has been a recurring phrase that has stuck with me over the past few years. It is, “God will never entrust us with more until we learn to trust God with what we already have.” I used this phrase in a preaching series on stewardship and it just stuck with me because I have seen how it is true, both in my life and in the lives of others. There is a simple triangle that we use in the 3dM (a discipleship movement of which I am a part) that illustrates the kind of covenant relationship God has/wants with us as members of God’s family. We put the Father at the top of the triangle because it begins with him. From the Father, through our relationship with God we discover/claim/live out our Identity as children of God. Then, as we become secure in our Identity as God’s children, we learn Obedience (to live out the will of the Father and walk with him in his Kingdom.)
The reality of what happens when we do not trust God with what we have is that we end up removing the Father from his rightful place on that triangle and replacing him with whatever it is we a clinging to. When we forget whose we are, we end up forgetting who we are… and when we forget who we are we forget how to live. Interestingly when we find ourselves in this kind of identity crisis and divided loyalty we find ourselves in want… feeling like we don’t have enough. James tells us, “Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” In other words, “God will never entrust us with more until we learn to trust God with what we already have.” So what are you clinging to? What finds its way into the rightful place of the Father? Is there something that you need to hand over to God that is holding you back from knowing and experiencing the fullness of what God wants and intends to provide?

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