Today’s principle focus is on being generous.
Scriptures of the day:
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. NLT Proverbs 11:25
Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. 2 Cor. 9:7 AMP
Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By:
“Today I will choose to show generosity to others.”
In the New King James Bible, Proverbs 11:25 calls the “generous” man the “liberal man”. It states that those who are liberal and generous in their giving will prosper. This is a Proverb, this is an anecdote to live by, this is written in the Bible as a promise to you. “The liberal soul shall be made fat.” (Prov 11:25 NLT)
THE MAN “DOWN ON HIS LUCK”
It has become a very popular thing in America, to see people standing on corners asking for hand-outs. They carry cardboard cutouts with sayings on them typically “Homeless will work for food”. I have also seen “Who’s Kidding I need a beer!” and just the other day I read one that said, “Just a small fry short of a Happy Meal”. These men and women, have come to “make a living” out of soliciting dollars and they are members of our society. How as Christians are we supposed to treat them? Do they “deserve” our money? Do they deserve our generosity?
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visitme.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”” Matthew 25:34-40
It is a hard pill to swallow, when we have needs, and then are encouraged to give to someone else who is needier. It is in my opinion, that if we have been given the opportunity to give to another, we are the ones who can! The man on the corner only has enough faith to solicit. We have enough faith to work. In all truths, both the man who is soliciting and the man who is working, are operating in faith. The working mans strength of faith and belief, has come from his input and education in being a supplier. Those who are less fortunate had the same exposure to learn about who they are as children of God. They haven’t been taught yet, how to be God’s suppliers to others.
WHAT IF THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ME?
I once heard of a woman who had invited her neighbor into the house, because she needed some food. As soon as the neighbor came in, she began to ask for some plates, then napkins, then pretty soon she was asking for clothes and other things. The woman went to her Pastor, and asked her what she should do. He went home and prayed about it, asking God what was the meaning of this neighbors behavior. God answered the Pastor back and simply stated, “It is no different with you and Me. Asking, needing, and always wanting more.”
The Lord used this experience to show the Pastor that the needy neighbor had become dependent on the generous woman, and the generous woman had become her supplier. Now let me ask you, if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was going to forever supply for you… would you be stingy with your giving? Would you hesitate at letting 100, 1000, 1,000,000,000 people “take advantage” of you? NO! If there is someone who has continued to come to you for more you have become their supplier! Not a bad position to be in! You have a captive audience! Now begin to teach those dependent on you what God is doing to support you, show them that they have all the same abilities that you do. They can be suppliers to others! He who refreshes others, will be refreshed himself!
IT’S ALL ABOUT IDENTITY
Until the person “down on their luck” takes on a new identity as a “supplier” of others, they will continue to come back to you for more. I would encourage you to offer them books to read in personal growth, if they don’t read them, read them together. Begin doing a Bible study when they come over “for supplies”. Let them know that you are ready to support them, and in return all you are asking for is time with them. Give them a sermon on CD or tape, ask them when they come back if they listened to it. If they didn’t, well, keeping giving and loving them anyway! It is what God would do, it is what God does.
- Do you feel like you are the needy one in this scenario? Ever been so hungry before you wanted to eat food off others plates that they left behind? Begin today to see yourself as generous. Begin to give what you can. Food, clothes, time, smiles, prayers. The more that you tap into that generous spirit, the more you will receive an identity as a giver, not a taker! Repeat with me, “I am a generous giver!”
My Prayer Today,
Father God, thank you for being so generous with us. Thank you for showing us that we need not be afraid to give. Let us remember always that if it hurts us to give, we are relying on the wrong source. You have more than enough I desire to be a reservoir for others, from today on I commit to you to be a vessel and a supplier of Yours. You supply the seed, Lord and I will sow it! In Your Son Jesus’ name, AMEN!
May the Lord God Bless you today as you continue in generosity,
JessicaDid you know???
That the Salvation Army is an Evangelical Christian Church that was begun in 1865 in the United Kingdom. The Salvation Army’s stated mission is to “perform evangelical, social and charitable work and bring the Christian message to the poor, destitute and hungry by meeting both their physical and spiritual needs.”
The organization has a ministry that extends to all, regardless of age, gender, colour or creed. Its stated objectives are: “The advancement of the Christian religion as promulgated in the religious doctrines—which are professed, believed and taught by the Army and, pursuant there to, the advancement of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.”
The Salvation Army currently works in 121 different countries! That’s a lot of generosity! That’s a lot of message spreading through meeting the needs of others!
Today is Day 19 on Jessica’s 365 Days to a Whole New Life journey, you can follow along daily and begin your own journey at http://wholeheartedministries.com/365-days-to-a-whole-new-life . We all have the same 365 days, but we all have different opportunities. How you spend the next year of your life is entirely up to you! Focusing to spend your life on personal growth day by day, will result in a life like you have never dreamed! We aren’t talking “pie in the sky” type changes, we are talking real life changes… changes for the better, changes toward becoming a whole new you!