Day 21 – October 30, 2012 – 40 Day Spiritual Journey

LATER AND GREATER

READ 2 Corinthians 9: 6-11

REFLECT

God does not want us to be poor. The Bible talks at great length about money. Some scriptures are about giving, but most of them are about managing what God has given us. I believe that if we manage our resources wisely, we can give generously. God wants us to be generous in His Kingdom.

I have had many instances where I have been asked to help out and felt in my heart a need to do so. Usually there is a promise of repayment, but often that is the part that never happens. I leave that kind of situation hurt and feeling cheated.

When we experience the disappointment of an expected repayment that doesn’t hap- pen, it hardens our hearts so that we do not want to give anymore. I have found that when we give with no expectation of getting anything in return, that is when we can see the true power of scripture with respect to sowing and reaping. When we sow – plant a seed – it takes time for that seed to grow into something and the end result is much greater than the initial seed. That is what generosity does; it turns what we have into much more… later and greater!

BOTTOM LINE

Don’t wait to give from the wealth that may never come. Give out of generosity, which comes from the heart, so that you can experience true wealth. May you always be in a position to help others as God calls. Sharing is caring!

LIVE

Don’t harden your heart; be generous so that you can see what God has in store for you… later and greater.

PRAY

Pray that God would soften your heart and fill you with a generous spirit to help His people.

Dave Walker

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1 Comment

  1. Stephen says, October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

    The great paradox!

    You say that God does not want us to be poor. Where? Define poor? We are to live within our means, yes. However, our climate of living demands expenses greater than most can budget for.

    Serving. As Christians, our goal is to walk as Christ did, every day of the week, not just Sunday. We are taught that we grow as we serve our brothers and sisters through the church by getting involved. And, when our friends ask our help, we as Christians are to support our covenant without question, without reimbursement.

    And, we have witnessed enough times the 80/20 rule; 20% of the people do 80% of the work.

    Do you notice the people that give more than they can budget for, are rarely identified, because they don’t publicize their tithing of energy as important as monetary tithing.

    Is serving another way of describing, “giving one’s time away for free?” (spending time on others without getting paid) which means you sacrifice personal time. And if one is serving, then one is not getting paid. Then, how does one get rich if one is serving for free?

    There are takers, and there are givers in our world of people. And, I believe the 20% are the givers. One can not give what they don’t have. And, when the giver runs our of energy and money, they can’t give anymore. So, they need to get more energy and money to fill their “gas tank”.

    So, the question is, how often do we say “yes” to helping out and how often do we say “no”? If one has an abundance to give, and they serve, do they expect reimbursement? What about those who don’t have enough to give; do they expect a return for their service?

    Do we protect our riches by expecting return for our service?

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