Shaving Cream In My Hand 02/16/15
This morning, like most mornings, I stood in front of the mirror, squirted shaving cream in the palm of my hand, lathered my face, and prepared for the razor to have fellowship with my skin.
The shaving cream is no ordinary cream. The particular brand I like is available in Canada, but not here in South Africa. As a result, I always use it sparingly in an attempt to make it last until I can return to Canada to buy more.
During our most recent trip to Canada, I bought an abundance of shaving cream to bring back to South Africa. MJ says I could open my own store because I brought so much back.
Shaving cream in my hand this morning got me thinking of the blessings and dangers of abundance. I realised I no longer need to use the shaving cream sparingly as I have been blessed with an abundance of cans in the cupboard. So why not lavish the lather on my face?
Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking at our home church here in Pretoria. Being Valentine’s weekend, I prepared a message called “Lavish Love” and talked about the love of our Heavenly Father that He poured out upon His creation with great pleasure and abundance. In the midst of the message I referred to the material and spiritual blessings that God delights to profuse upon us.
One of the verses I quoted came from Deuteronomy 8. “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you…Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied…then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God…You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me’.”
One of the dangers of abundance is forgetfulness. When abundance arrives on our doorstep, we tend to forget the Author of abundance. We forget to praise Him for the good He has given us. Our access to abundance has the potential of elevating our pride, and elevated pride can lead to the abuse of abundance. Some of the saddest words in the Bible may very well be ‘my power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me’.
I choose to believe that God’s abundance is our opportunity to bless others. Rather than lavishing my face with lather because of the abundance of shaving cream now available to me, what if I continue to use it sparingly, causing the the product on my shelf to last longer? I now have greater resources to use on other things, including those who are in need more than me.
We hold God given abilities in our hands as a means of producing abundant wealth. Don’t waste abundance on yourself, lavish it on others!