“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38, NIV)
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” (Revelation 22:12, NIV)
The Christian life is all about giving. The epitome of giving is God’s gift of salvation to the world of his only begotten Son: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV)
When one becomes a Christian CONVERTERLATOR and dedicated to converting the perishable into the imperishable values of the kingdom, he becomes a giver, increasingly living for the one who died for him and rose again from the dead.
“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15, NIV)
When the CONVERTERLATING process begins, God is active in the life of the believer. The first Scripture verses today show us God in action and what the expected results will be.
G—GRACE GIVING, a God-given desire and God-driven desire to give.
I—I am crucified to the flesh and lures of the world to the point I have become a yield-active CONVERTERLATOR.
V—VICTORY over self to the extent that CONVERTERLATING is overcoming my CONSUMERLATOR nature.
E—ETERNAL objectives are the focused targets of my EYES.
R—REWARDS of an eternal nature are an important motivational force in my life.
The Word of God has spelled it out for us. We have the opportunity to choose whether to be a CONVERTERLATOR, interested in converting the perishable items of this world including time, talents, and treasures into the imperishable values of the kingdom, or a CONSUMERLATOR, interested in indulging in the fleeting, perishable values of this world.
Each of us has to make the choice. Do I want to enjoy life now within the framework the Lord has explained so that my life can echo into eternity? Or do I choose to live a life dedicated to the temporary values of this perishing world that will vanish at the judgment seat of Christ?
Today, ask yourself:
Am I becoming a G-I-V-E-R as defined above? Which choice am I making: to live within the framework the Lord has explained or dedicated to the temporary values of this world?