Historically, Native Americans had an unusual but not uncommon cultural
understanding: If you gave something to someone, something special, for
them to enjoy, etc., it could be taken back if the one giving thought the gift
was no longer appreciated. Maybe they just decided to take it back.
Whatever the reason, over the years, this and similar variations, became
known as “Indian Giving.”
With the gift of salvation God rewards each Believer according to their
labor. (1 Corinthians 3.8-9). What we do with it is part of our living, or, as
in the case of some, not living for Christ. But, unlike the provision of the
Native American culture, God does not take back His gift. He tells us to
hold on to our faith and factually declares He will come for His own and
give to every Believer according to their work. (Revelation 22.12).
God is not an “Indian Giver.” The Lord loves the just and will not forsake
His faithful ones. They will be protected forever. (Psalm 37.28). Christ
Himself declares that whoever comes to Him will never be driven away.
Whosoever believes in Him shall have eternal life. (John 6.37).
Because of our faith, we know that if we die with our belief in Christ, we
also know we will live with Him. (Romans 6.8). Nothing can separate us
from Christ our Lord. (Romans 8.28-39). Like the Believers at Corinth, we
are saved, but not sinless. Even so, we will be blameless on the Day of the
Lord. (1Corinthians 1.6-9). And, we all know we are saved by grace
through faith; not of works so we will have no opportunity for boasting.
(Ephesians 2.8-9). But, if we read on, we know we are Christ’s and called to
do good work in His name. (Ephesians 2.10-19). Believers are sealed unto
the day of redemption. We are renewed by the Holy Spirit and we are not
to grieve Him. We are to forgive others in their short-comings even as God
for Christ’s sake forgives us. (Ephesians 4.23-32).
We belong to God and He will not forget us. Forgive us most certainly, but
not forget. (Hebrewa 6.10-11). There are those who accept the truth but in
their own way they never apply it to themselves. They do not see any fruit
and even though they know the truth they turn away. Their fate is foretold.
When Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30) He meant it is finished. All that is
left for us to do is to believe it. (Jn 3:16) When Paul said that God has
accepted responsibility for us, put His seal of ownership on us and the Holy
Spirit in us, to guarantee our inheritance (2 Cor 1:21-22) He meant just that.
No power in Heaven or on Earth can break that seal
So, is God an “Indian Giver”? Absolutely not !
God is not an Indian Giver