Push or Pull? – Generosity 10.0

To hold any kind
of “get real” conversation with Jesus …

will inevitably lead to “that moment” when He sincerely asks if your personal life is governed predominantly by a push or a pull.

A push or a pull? You read that correctly.

Jesus wants nothing more than for you to carefully assess for yourself if you boldly seek His grace to daily make room in your life for others, especially others who are wired different, others who have failed or simply others who are not within convenient reach . . or are you only “pulling” others close who are already “in your corner”, others who already sing your praises, like your style and make your life easier?

Ironically …

those who often have the easiest time sizing up “Jesus-posers” vs authentic “Christ-followers” are those who are looking from outside the confines of Christendom. Jesus indicated just what “barometer” will come into play,

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.”

– John 13:35 –

Should there be any doubt as what it precisely means when Scripture states “love one another”, Paul added,

“Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage –
to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous.”
– 1 Timothy 6:18 –

In a nutshell, really going after God as if your life depended on it (and it does) should be evident by a generosity the world really can’t comprehend but can’t help but notice. Kingdom generosity . . or Generosity 10.0 if you will, has two core components: first, it compels a Jesus-follower to personally and relentlessly serve others ahead of themselves . . and secondly, to do so in a costly, sacrificial manner (on all levels – time, abilities, resources)

 

 

Amy Carmichael understood this …

life-transforming reality as evident by her own words,

“One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.”

What I love, love, love about this quote is that it came from lips that knew no connection to lip-service . . for Amy Carmichael personified push giving way to pull.

Amy Wilson Carmichael served as a missionary in India for 55 years without furlough. During those six decades, Amy compassionately confronted the horrors of human trafficking before human trafficking was an “evangelically correct” target. Most of her days were consumed by working with young women, most of whom were rescued from Hinduism and it’s dark temple customs that amounted to forced prostitution. Thanks to Amy’s extravagant generosity, Dohhnavur, India saw the creation of an orphanage that would restore lives and the community as a whole became sanctuary for well over one thousand young women who would otherwise have a hopeless future.

When the very children who Amy served were asked what drew them to Amy, they typically replied, “It was love. Amy loved us.” To ascertain where this kind of generous love came from, consider this: Amy received a letter from a young lady who was considering life as a missionary. She asked Amy, “What is missionary life like?”. Amy responded, “Missionary life is simply a chance to die.” In word and deed, Amy Carmichael’s legacy was defined by leaving no room for one question . . you know, that one question raised by those yet to know Christ personally and those who already do . . that one question which wonders if you have discovered Generosity 10.0 . . where no doubt remains as to whether you are governed by . . push or pull?

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If you sense a need to get some “Amy Carmichael” all over your life,
you might want to take in My Top 10 Amy Carmichael Quotes:

“If I do not give a friend ‘The benefit of the doubt’,
but put the worst construction instead of the best on what is said or done,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.”

“Give me the love that leads the way, the faith that nothing can dismay,
the hope no disappointments tire, the passion that will burn like fire;
Let me not sink to be a clod: Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.”

“We profess to be strangers and pilgrims, seeking after a country of our own,
yet we settle down in the most un-stranger-like fashion,
exactly as if we were quite at home and meant to stay as long as we could.
I don’t wonder apostolic miracles have died. Apostolic living certainly has.”

“There is only one way of victory over the bitterness and rage that comes naturally to us –
to will what God wills brings peace.”

“Let us not be surprised when we have to face difficulties.
When the wind blows hard on a tree, the roots stretch and grow the stronger,
Let it be so with us. Let us not be weaklings, yielding to every wind that blows,
but strong in spirit to resist.”

“Can we follow the Savior far, who have no wound or scar?”

“It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires which He creates”
“Satan is so much more in earnest than we are –
he buys up the opportunity while we are wondering how much it will cost.”

“God Hold us to that which drew us first, when the Cross was the attraction,
and we wanted nothing else.”

“One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.”

 

 

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David "JB" Miller is founder and author at LifeLetter Ministries. He and his wife Cheri make their home in beautiful Paradise Valley, Arizona and have six children and six grandchildren they absolutely adore.

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