Something to Give
Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labour, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. – Ephesians 4:28
We are exhorted to use our hands to work so that we can have the resources to bless and meet the needs of our family, church, and others as God puts on our hearts. Generosity and giving are intrinsically a part of God’s nature. John 3:16 tells us ‘for God so loved the world that He gave…’ God always has our best interests at heart, and He has demonstrated this to us by the extravagant sacrifice He has made on our behalf. This nature of God is in us, and God wants us to tap into it and become conduits for His desire to meet others’ needs and provide blessing to the world around us. e world teaches us to hold on tight to the little we have for fear of lacking or greed for more, but God teaches us to freely receive and freely give so that we can partner with Him in His plan to bring blessing to our world. We overcome our old nature of selfishness by choosing to become givers. Rather than being overcome by the spirit of self-centerdness, greed, and materialism in our world today, let’s make the decision to live counter-culture, and manifest the nature of our generous Father with what God has placed in our hands. We are blessed to be a blessing.
Prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of Your generosity, for it is in giving that we receive. Deliver me from self-absorption and stinginess, and grant that I may not seek as much to be blessed as to be an instrument of your blessing to others. Amen.
Scriptures for Reflection: Rom 12:21; John 3:16; Rom 5:8; Matt 10:8, Acts 20:35