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For You, Not From You

I was in the grocery store this week when I heard a young girl plead with her mom, "Mommy, if you buy me this candy, I swear I'll clean my room as soon as I get home!" I remember making many a similar deal as a child. I promised good behavior, excessive chores and exceptional schoolwork if I could only do or get that one special thing. And, of course, I'd promise to never ask for anything ever again.

As humans, we often feel we must offer something to someone before we are eligible to receive. We must present a bargaining chip before finding ourselves worthy. No one wants just us and nothing in return, afterall. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul is speaking to the people of Corinth as a spiritual father. As he addresses them, he tells them that he isn't there to be a burden to them. He isn't there for their possessions or money. He says, "and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you" (vs. 14). Paul, as a father to these people, has come for the hearts of the Corinthians and expects nothing in return.

If Paul, as a spiritual father, came to serve his people just as they were and with no expectations, how much more must our Heavenly Father do the same for us? God doesn't come as a burden wanting our time, money and possessions. The only thing He wants is our heart.


  • Do you view God as wanting something from you or for you? Why?
  • Are you trying to make bargains with God? How can you put your trust in His plan?

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