Wednesday, November 14
7 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, 8 but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.
For someone who truly claims to be a Christian, greed should not be an issue in their life. As easy as that is to say, walking it out is a different issue entirely. Greed is the opposite of generosity and is an inherent quality of the human nature. You don’t have to teach someone how to be greedy or selfish, it comes naturally. If you’ve ever observed small children then you know the word ‘Mine!’ is one of the first words they learn. Greed can disguise itself as logic saying, “If I give to, or help this person, they won’t learn anything or they’ll just take my time or resources and waste them like they did with their’s.” Or, “They’re in that position for a reason.” Greed will not present itself as such. You however, being born again, have been given a new heart, a heart that is teachable and compassionate. If you’ll allow the Holy Spirit, He will teach you what true generosity and selflessness looks like. You will find that He can expand your capacity to show His love to others through being generous with your time, resources and talents. You’ll learn that He doesn’t always equate generosity with money. Sometimes money is last thing that people need. He may need you to be generous with your time as you teach someone how to budget. Generosity is in you, you just have to give it room to operate. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff