God’s Word for Today: Borrow
Matthew 5:42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
When you are in a house that is filled with the female persuasion, the word borrow is in daily use. Then, you throw in a mother, other sisters and their daughters, cousins, and friends, borrow is taken to a whole new level. Especially in the clothing department. Anymore, I wouldn’t even begin to guess whose blouse is whose and jewelry, well I give up. Now when it comes to cellular phone chargers, the borrow thing is like a little monster sitting in the corner.
It is almost humorous to watch the interactions of cell phone charger borrowing. The question is presented, “can I use your charger?” First, automatic reaction is a glance at the battery life of one’s own cell phone. If there is a comfortable percentage displayed, smiles and gracious lending is abounding. But, if we are looking at a 25% or less charge, then this borrow thing is brought into questioning similar to 2 detectives in a little room with a criminal. “What percentage is your cellular at? How long are you going to use it? Can it wait until my phone is at a comfortable level? Where is your charger? How can you even exist without a charger within reach?” The questions never cease.
I am lucky. Being of the male gender in a household full of women, not much is borrowed from me. I don’t have anything of real value. Even my cellular is different. Thank God! Life is good.
Except my laptop. Teenage girls mean, high school. High school means, homework. Homework means, computer use. Computer use means, they want to borrow my connection to the world. I cringe. I hesitate. I go into the thousand question mode. It is mine. My laptop has all my vast knowledge contained within. How can one even ask to borrow my life, my communication device, my God’s Word library and daily writing utensil. Oh how I don’t want to say yes.
I then have to refer to today’s Scripture. School work is a very good reason. I cannot refuse. Yes, I will be a nervous wreck until it is returned. But, I seem to survive. And, surprisingly, so does my laptop.
Some people state that our lives are just borrowed for a time here on earth. Maybe it is just our bodies that are borrowed but our spirit is ours to keep? It gets kind of confusing on what is actually borrowed.
Truth of the matter, our lives, including our bodies, are a gift. God gave you what you have right now. It is not borrowed. You don’t have to return it. It is yours to keep. If God only let you borrow your life, then it would be expected to be returned. It would be an obligation. You would have no choice. And God at any time could demand its return. But He doesn’t work that way.
Today know that your life is a gift. God gave it to you to do as you please. You have free will to choose what you do with it. You can throw your life away if you want. You can abuse your body in a variety of ways, if you choose. It is yours to destroy. Or, you can take that gift God gave you and create something good. You can make it better. You can choose to give back to God a gift that is even greater than what was given you. Think about that for today. Your life isn’t borrowed. And God doesn’t borrow back. You receive, you give………………….
Prayer: Dear Lord who gave me life. Thank you for your generous gift. Forgive me for neglecting your gift. Forgive me for abusing your gift. Forgive me for only borrowing your Word when I conveniently need it. Today God, I want to start treating what you gave me as something precious. I want to start giving back to you more that I have taken. In Jesus’, who bought and paid for our gift of life, name I pray. Amen and amen.