The other morning I was walking over to the baseball fields and noticed a new silver Mercedes parked in front of our apartment office. There was a warning sticker on the driver’s side window saying that the car would be towed if not removed from that space. Then I noticed the license plate, GODIOU5. I wondered if this person was happy in Jesus, or just happy in the thought that God is a magic genie who grants wishes like this brand new shiny silver Mercedes. I wondered if that car gets towed, would this person still want to give God a high five. I also thought that it seems like if you really appreciated what God has blessed you with, then you would take better care of it and not park it somewhere that it shouldn’t be parked. Lots of thoughts on this one.
There is nothing wrong with being successful. God wants us to have success, but also with success comes responsibility of using that success in a godly way. We are to be thankful for what God provides for us, but He is not our own genie in a bottle. I don’t care how much you want to imagine Him as Barbara Eden, He’s not. He provides things for us to use for His good, not to be idolized. We are to be thankful for the life He has given us, whether we are wealthy or poor, whether we are in high position or low position. We are to be thankful for the good times and for the bad. We are to be so thankful that we use every opportunity to praise and to serve Him humbly. That is our “high five” to God. He gives us what He deems best for us because He loves us, not because we wish upon a star or that He has this grand plan of seeing us all living in an affluent neighborhood while driving a silver Mercedes. Most of all, we need to be thankful for His goodness and grace, for giving us eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ. We cherish this wonderful thing He has done for us by taking care of our relationship with Him through prayer, reading and meditating on His Holy Word, and by listening to the Holy Spirit so that we may grow to love and appreciate Him even more. We don’t just leave our relationship with God parked somewhere and go about our business, allowing our life to be towed to a place that Satan would like us to be. We are to appreciate it. GODIOU5….. no God, I owe you me..