Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- May 14, 2012
“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.” Deuteronomy 15:10
Happy heart giving is with a grateful, not begrudging, heart. Greed is exiled to the isle of selfishness, but generosity takes command in the country of contentment. A joyful heart never gets over Jesus’ great gift of salvation, abundant life, and eternal reward. Indeed, a blessed heart cannot help but be a blessing to those without life’s necessities. Oh, how delightful to see other’s needs met for Christ’s sake! Glad giving gets God’s attention.
The Lord wants to bless us more when we have been a blessing to the less fortunate. Our abundance isn’t meant for our own accumulation, and our indulgence and insecure facade, but rather it’s to be deployed into rich deeds and aggressive charity. When our heart is free to give, it is free indeed. We are free to forgive debts and offenses. We are free to find ways to engage the poor and needy by meeting their physical and spiritual needs.
“I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.” 1 Chronicles 29:17
Furthermore, your happy heart giving is contagious to other Christ followers. When they see and experience your hilarious generosity, they want to get in on what the Lord is doing. Your life of liberal giving infects others with life-giving antibodies that fight against the germs of greed. Your integrity leads you to invest in others compelling them to be carriers of Christ’s love and service. Glad giving leads others to the Lord.
Are you remaining faithful to do good, even when times have turned bad? Are you still giving to the poor, even when you have become poorer? Joyful generosity needs your participation at small and large levels. Don’t wait until you have a lot to do a lot, on behalf of your Savior Jesus. Happy heart giving is as excited about giving one dollar as it is one thousand. Give generously today and you will most likely give generously in the future. Once your heavenly Father can trust you with a little, He will trust you with more.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21
Prayer: Lord, who needs my happy heart giving to help meet their needs in Your name?
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