Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Whatever you have, give it!

Lent is about giving - giving things up, giving of ourselves. Giving out of what God has given us.

But giving of yourself won't look the same as the person beside you.

Money is the first thing to mind when we think of giving. And in the western world, even when we feel like every bill has come at once, most of us are still, comparatively and figuratively, rolling in it. So give money, by all means. Be generous. Out of your blessings, bless and help others.

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; 
   another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
A generous man will prosper;
   he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25

It's the awesome beauty of everything from God - the more you give it away, the more you have.

But God has given us more than money. And everything he has given is for his glory. I write, because God has given me a voice. Others fix a friend's car, because God has given them practical skills. Others give encouragement, because God has given them compassion.

We all love, because God has given us love.

"Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God's words; if help, let it be God's hearty help. That way, God's bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he'll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!"  1 Peter 4:8-11
Weekly Tithe... $50. Yearly charity donation... $500. God's bright presence shining through our gifts in action? Priceless.
Oh, Yes!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Jess was that a 'freudian slip'? You write because God has given you a voice!!!?