Children are expensive. In 2015, the Department of Agriculture reported that on average it costs $233,610 for parents to raise a child from birth to age 17, not including college costs.

That’s a lot of Goldfish crackers.

Can you imagine how impossible it would be for a child to repay a parent for raising them? Not just for the tangibles, but also for the many sacrifices of time, energy and most of all, unconditional love.

The same is true about our relationship with God. He has poured out his blessings on us immensely. He has given us far more than we ever deserve. So how can we repay him?

We can’t.

The psalmist David asks the same question:

What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord.  Psalm 116: 12-14

It seems that our good deeds would be considered payment, but that’s not true. Our work is a gift from God so we can’t use that to pay him back.

Our gift back to God is to receive what he has already done for us. To receive his gift of salvation and continue walking in his grace and goodness.

Just as a child who says to his parent, “Gimme more,” we should also approach God with the same confidence and trust. As we continue receiving, it honors God’s endless giving.