Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 63)
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:24-25 (NIV)
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Luke 6:38 (NIV)
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:18-19
Actors, models and talent for Christ: In your willingness to go and share, to walk beyond comfy, cozy lives, I see startling generosity.
You refuse to be trapped by riches. Knowing your talents belong to God, recognizing your wealth is His, too, respecting His Commandments to give, you obey Him openheartedly.
I've witnessed my son-in-law, Adam, overjoyed to give up his savings for the causes of friends who have less. I've seen strangers at our SHINE event unite through kind generosity. I've noticed performers share freely.
Here's the thing about cheerful giving, especially when it's hard to do and you don't toot your horn about it: God promises to toot it for you.* Therein, people find out what happened: how you gave, but expected nothing. Your gift stands tall in striking contrast to a world of sanctioned selfishness.
When Christians practice what Jesus preached, without uttering a single word, onlookers will be truly surprised: maybe enough to check out your King. Because generosity like His invites the world to stop and notice.
To Be Continued...
* 'But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly' (Matthew 6:3-4).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.