“Give and spend, and God will send.”

An old friend of mine told me this when I was a young boy. He is not a Christian, but he had a revelation of what faith in our Father’s love and provision meant that not many Christians have. And like Jesus’ message of ‘no condemnation’, we should take heed of this truth for,

“…you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

“Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”
Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”” Luke 19:1-10
Like Zacchaeus, when we received Jesus, it was undoubtedly an emotional event. Indeed, we were filled with joy to receive the truth and embrace the liberation which the truth gave us. But as you have found out, it is one thing to say that we are saved, but another to live like Jesus has got our backs. That is the irony of the situation, isn’t it? We say we are loved, perhaps for us we may even know that we are loved, but we do not believe that when we are loved, we need not fend for ourselves anymore. And that is truth that our Father wants us to let sink in to our hearts,

Jesus Says, “My Father Is Now Your Father.”

This is a simple truth. So simple that though we mouth the beginning of The Lord’s Prayer, it gets lost on us. Yet this truth is so profound it indeed will set you free from worry and doubt and fill you with peace.

Now, first things first. When we received Jesus, when we believed that He has borne our sins, our guilt and our shame on the cross, we have become one with Him, for

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead, by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:3-11 [ESV]

That is why Jesus, just after His resurrection, said,

“Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:17

So then, what role does a father have toward his children? Fathers guide, provide and protect. That is why, our Father tells us,

“I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.” Genesis 17:1

When we are before Him, He can guide us and lead us. He can protect us from trouble for He not only is with us, He knows what is ahead. I mean, come on, He is God. That is why He says,

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

And is it not of such great comfort that we have an omnipotent, omniscient God as our Father? To love us, guide us, protect us and provide for us? So why then are we toiling and striving by our own efforts? Now, don’t take my word for it, Jesus says,

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

For as we have seen,

“What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.” Matthew 10:29-31 [MSG]

Therefore, Jesus reminds us always to,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

Why was Zacchaeus able to be so generous? Why was he able to give and the rich young ruler not? Because Zacchaeus “received Him joyfully.” Luke 19:6

Now, do not underestimate the impact of knowing just what it means to have Jesus in your life. In the Bible, for all who saw Him and received from Him, none ever went away poor, sick or sad. So as He told Thomas,

“Jesus said to him, Because you have seen Me, Thomas, do you now believe (trust, have faith)? Blessed and happy and to be envied are those who have never seen Me and yet have believed and adhered to and trusted and relied on Me.” John 20:29 [AMPC]

Blessed are you, beloved, because you have never seen Him yet have believed.

So if you are carrying some burdens in your life, cast them to Jesus. For He has said,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Come and Know Jesus Well. For He is the truth and He will set you free.

When you know that Jesus has got your back; when you know that our Father is watching over you and you are valued, prized greatly in His eyes, then you can give as you are led to give, spend as you are led to spend, move as you are led to move, serve as you are led to serve. Because you know that in the end, They will supply. After all, our work really is to keep us honest, away from trouble and be a blessing to others.

“Let the thief steal no more, but rather let him be industrious, making an honest living with his own hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.” Ephesians 4:28 [AMPC]

And everything else, They will supply.

So beloved, take hold of this truth; don’t let it pass you by.

“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!” James 1:22 [MSG]

Believe. Let the truth of Jesus and our Father’s love, provision and protection take root in your heart and let Their joy fill your life till it overflows.

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