God is never moved by the wants and demands of Adam. Even when the cries of Adam are born out of legitimate needs there is silence. Self-centeredness and a demanding spirit are the ugliest of Adamic traits. Why? Because when a person is self-centered and making demands for some gratification, the awareness of the love of God towards that individual and the love of others towards them is cut off. The love of God requires a giving heart. When we have a giving spirit, even amid severe affliction, we open the door for God to meet our needs. “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure — pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” (Luke 6:38).
25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.
26 “It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,
27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
The very nature of Jesus’ life was serving. He served the will of the Father. He gave His life for us. When Jesus was at His weakest in the Garden of Gethsemane He still had a serving heart. When the Romans took Him and beat Him He still had a serving spirit as well. Adam has a way of turning very self-centered in times of affliction and suffering. The purposes of God are often lost because of the immediate need. All the religious trappings fall away when Adam’s need becomes too great. Any pretense of serving is abandoned. It is the nature of Christ worked in us that enables us to be perpetual givers and servers. This pleases the Lord. It was said earlier that self-centeredness and demanding are the ugliest of Adam’s traits. Adam will demand of God as well as demanding of others. A demanding heart closes the door for God to respond. It literally shuts God out. It becomes a grievous sin when we cease to be aware of the love beamed toward us, whether from God or others that love us. Self-centeredness shuts out whereas a giving spirit receives. A demanding spirit demeans both God and those who love us. There is no greater work of the cross than us being created to be perpetual givers. A giving spirit opens the door to all of God’s best.
Thankfulness is the ultimate expression of a giving spirit. Through Christ we learn to be thankful in even the most excruciating circumstances. A thankful heart is the Lord’s delight. Thankfulness is lethal to Adam. Thankfulness crucifies Adam quicker than all the disciplines in the world. It is a new nature that glorifies God.
13 So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
14 For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.
15 Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.