DAY 26: SHOW YOUR FAITH THROUGH GENEROSITY
“Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others.” ECCLESIASTES 11:1-2 (MSG)
God wants you to use some of you money to help people in need. God didn’t put you on this earth to live for yourself. He blesses you so that you can bless others. This is all part of God making you more like himself.
Everything you have in life is because of God’s generosity. You wouldn’t have anything- you wouldn’t even be alive – if it weren’t for God’s generosity. Even your ability to create wealth is a gift from God. “Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth” Deuteronomy 8:18 (NIV). God is generous, and he wants you to be generous like He is.
Imagine your father is a billionaire, and he wants to share his fortune with you. But he know you need to be tested to see if you will be able to handle it. So he gives you a set amount of money and says, “I want you to learn to live on less, you can use the rest to help others. I’m going to be watching you to see how you manage and distribute my resources. If you do well, I’m going to will it all to you.” How will you use that money?
God especially wants you to be generous with the poor. Throughout the Bible, God tells us he is watching how we help the poor, and he attaches tremendous promises if we do so. For example: “Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.” Proverbs 28:27 (NLT). “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you!” Proverbs 19:17 (NLT)
You are blessed to be a blessing. The more you help others, the more God blesses you. He gives you so you can give to others. Why? Because God wants you to be like him, and God is a giver!
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.