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I’ll Give You All You Need

The Childress Family
The Childress Family

  Matt. 6:33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Give Me (GOD) what you have, and I’ll give you all you need. This was a statement made by our pastor a few weeks ago, and I just had to write it down. He said to give unto God what you have. A lot of people think when a pastor or preacher makes that statement that he means “money” (the love of all men), but he is talking about so much more.

We are all, as Christians, gifted by His spirit to do great and might things for His Kingdom. Galatians 5:22, 23 lists the fruits of the spirit and by possessing these gifts, you can carry out the will of the Lord for your life. Money is not mentioned! Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. All of the money in the world cannot impart these gifts to us. They are the icing on the cake that is given by God to His children if they walk, talk and obey Him. Can you imagine what we could do for God if we possessed these gifts? You do not necessarily possess these gifts if you don’t cultivate and nourish your relationship with God. Remember what He said, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” Can you imagine a farmer who has thrown seed out on the ground only to leave it alone for months and expecting a bumper crop in the fall? It just won’t happen and neither will the seed planted within you by His spirit produce great things unless you nourish it.

The depth of our relationship with God depends on us. God must be so disappointed with us when we spend our prayer time with Him asking to win the lottery money, a bigger house or a better car. He said “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” He also said, “Give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together and running over.”

If we possess a few of the spiritual gifts because of our relationship with God, we could change our home. If we possess half of them, we could change our country and if we possess all of them, we could change the world! We would never have to talk about money in the church. We would never have personality clashes in the church. We would never have discontent and jealousy in the church and the list goes on and on. People would see our commitment to God and our desire to serve Him, and we would leave a better world for our children and their children so that they would respect and honor our work for Him. This is the way God has planned for us to win the world for Him-one person at a time as it is a personal relationship. We will be successful in all we do for Him if we go forward with His spiritual gifts around our lives.

God is not your sugar-daddy-He’s your Savior. Don’t spend your prayer time asking Him for things that fade away. He’s not obligated to do anything for you but give you His purchased salvation when you come to Him in faith believing and place your trust in Him. After that, seek Him. Pant after Him like a deer pants for the water. Let those spiritual gifts come alive in you and then start reaping the benefits.

Yes give Him what you have (yourself), and He’ll give you all you need!

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Ken and Marlene Childress began singing with their children, Teresa, Carla and Shannon, almost 40 years ago. Ken had been singing with a quartet called The Golden Keys. But when he and Marlene discovered that their children were blessed with the ability to sing harmony and play instruments at a young age, they decided to form The Childress Family. Teresa played the piano and a short time later, Carla picked up the bass guitar and began to play. Their son, Shannon, was a high tenor singer until about age 13, when his voice went to the other end of the spectrum and he sang low bass. Marlene has been blessed with the ability to write some wonderful songs that have been recorded by numerous artists in the gospel music industry.