“No” and “Mine”
I have four daughters.
Yes, there’s a lot of estrogen flowing at my house, and this daddy is a big sap with his girls.
At the time of this writing, my third daughter, Katelynn, is 22 months old. She is quite the little chatterbox at this stage in life, and she has two favorite words right now. You may even be able to guess what they are!
The first word is “NO.” The second word is “MINE.”
Did mommy and daddy teach her these words? Well, not intentionally at least. This is simply the human condition, our sin nature, at work.
So, this is typically what happens at the Jones’ house. Katelynn will get a hold of something as simple as my car keys. I will politely and lovingly ask her for my keys back, because I need them. And, what do you think the first two words are out of her mouth?
Of course, her two new favorite words – No and Mine! And then, she doesn’t want to obey daddy and give them back. I end up in a little wrestling match with this sweet, little adorable girl to get my keys back! Once I have them yanked out of her hands, she has a meltdown.
We Can Act Like Little Kids, Too!
I know this is a fun and adorable story about my little girl, but unfortunately, the sad reality is that this happens with us as adults too.
God has richly blessed us. He has given us money, talents, abilities, food, cars, clothes, and houses that He ultimately wants us to use for His glory.
Then, the Holy Spirit taps us on the shoulder and says, “Hey, Larry. I’d really appreciate if you would give at least 10% of your income on a consistent basis.” Or maybe He says, “I’d really like you to cook a meal and take it to a family that needs help.” Or, “I’d like you to give a few dollars to that homeless guy on the corner.”
But, we end up just like my daughter Katelynn. We take ownership of what is already God’s to begin with and those two favorite words come spilling out of our mouths, “No, God. Mine!”
God’s Word teaches us that everything belongs to Him to begin with. In Psalm 24:1, we read these words:
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
See my Giving Talk Video below where I addressed this same issue:
Questions: What is God asking you to give, today? Why haven’t you given it to Him, yet?