The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. (waters of rest) He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness, for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:1-4
The Lord Jesus is our Shepherd, our caretaker who provides all of our needs and as we surrender to His lead and follow Him we begin to realize that we do not own anything on the earth, it all belongs to Him. We brought nothing in with us and we will take nothing out as we leave this world like a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow.
It sometimes takes years of trial to understand that our lives are in His hands and that we are to relinquish all rights to it and submit to the leading, care and feeding of the great Shepherd of our souls. We have been given a free will to choose our way on this earth, but when we come to the Lord our will must be given back to God in submission and allow His Spirit to then lead us as we traverse this life of faith. When we come to the understanding that our wealth is His, then we can be led by His Spirit to give as He instructs us, and the burden of obligation, guilt and selfishness is lifted from us, because we are only giving what is already His!
It is a liberating experience to know that we have a Shepherd who is concerned for our welfare and provides every need we could ever possibly have, if we will just submit our lives into His hands. He not only provides for us, He also gives us that in which we are to give. In this manner when we are led to give all we are in actuality giving that which belongs to Him.
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. II Corinthians 9:10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin