Money. I used to think it grew on trees. Every time we’d ask for something my parents would say, “What? Do you think money grows on trees?” Being a helpful little girl, I went out in the yard to find the money tree, sadly, to no avail.
Back in those early days of my life, there was a time when my dad was unemployed for two long years because of a labor dispute. To provide for his wife and four children as well as help support his widowed mother-in-law and mother, he ended up taking a job 5 hours away from home and commuted while my pregnant mother held down the fort.
I still remember going to church every Sunday with my family. Every week, whichever of us little monsters was the best behaved in the pews was rewarded with the task of placing the offering envelope in the basket. Mom and Dad modeled God’s call to give generously even when money was tight.
The last letter in C.O.S.T. stand for Thankfulness. Ben shared with us earlier this week that it is part of counting the cost. When we are thankful, it puts our focus on what we have and takes it off of what we don’t have. Being thankful also helps us recognize that God is our provider and we can trust him to provide for us everything we need.
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
When we recognize that God is willing and able to provide all of our needs and we trust him, it frees us to be generous.
Deuteronomy 15:10 in the Bible says, “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to” (NIV).
The beautiful truth is that by freely giving to others we learn to trust God and through that we will find spiritual blessings beyond our imagination. We can increasingly feel God moving in every situation, guiding and guarding us, and providing us with wisdom, patience, and love. By giving generously and cheerfully, we grow closer to him and become better able to give even more of ourselves and resources to others.
Paul was right when he wrote, In everything I showed you [by example] that by working hard in this way you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed [and brings greater joy] to give than to receive’ ” [Acts 20:35 Amplified Bible (AMP)].
So be generous and watch God move in your life.
Do you recognize that all you have comes from God and belongs to Him?
Are you afraid of not having enough? Why?
Do a Bible Study on giving to bring light to this area of your life.
Thank God daily for all of His wonderful gifts.
See how you can be generous with others based on your means.
Please Lord, give me guidance as to how I can be generous within my current financial situation. Please give me the insight to trust you in this area of my life. I really want to be closer to you and serve you with my life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
This post was written by Martha Preckler and the LIO team. Martha loves Jesus and growing closer to him every day. She loves serving on the Sparkle Team and Greeter Team, as a Landing Leader, GrowthTrack hostess, and fill-in writer for LIO. Martha is the grateful mother of two grown sons and one daughter-in-law. Both sons are good writers, but one is a published urban fantasy writer and self-proclaimed grammar dictator, which he swears he picked up from his mother. She has been a Toledo Business Journal contributor, speech writer, as well as creator of dozens of promotional pieces for seniors’ events and programming offer by the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo.
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