October 11 Devotional

I know that it is popular in this world to hold on to as much as you possibly can.  God’s plan involves you using what He places in your hand to be a blessing to others.  The book of Proverbs says it this way, “The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself” (Proverbs 11:25).  There have been many times in my life that I have felt a strong leading of the Holy Spirit to give something to someone else.  I have often thought about how many blessings I would have missed if I clenched my fist instead of giving what God prompted me to give.

 

There is a very important aspect to this truth that we should not miss.  If I am responsible for taking care of my own needs, I will not be so quick to give anything away.  However, that is not the case for an obedient Christian.  If you have been obedient with your finances, as the Bible describes, then God is the One Who will provide for the needs you have.  Paul wrote about this to those believers in the church in Philippi.  He thanked them for giving to his need on multiple occasions, and then made this statement to these givers … “… my God shall supply all your need …” (Philippians 4:19).  We often misquote the pronoun in this verse, replacing the word, “your” with the word, “my.

 

This promise Paul gave was to those believing Christians who had given to his need in the past.  If you want God to bless you with the things you will need when you will need them, you must be a giver yourself.  I know that God made the church a place that is to care for itself.  That means that God will bless you individually so that you can be a blessing to the whole.  Does that mean that you should go to church handing out twenty dollar bills?  No, that is not the case at all.  Just as important as this truth is throughout Scripture is the principle that says if a person does not work, they should not eat.  I am not recommending that you waste your money on others.

 

I am encouraging generosity when the Spirit of God touches your heart for the need of someone, or something else.  The believer ought to be willing to give much, because God has blessed you with more than you deserve!  If you are stingy with the things God has given you, don’t expect God to touch the hearts of others to give to you when you have a need.  Also, a word of caution is important here.  Read Acts 5 and make sure you do not follow the example of Ananias and Sapphira.  They wanted the blessings of God without a proper heart of giving in the first place.  In general, I want to encourage you to have a giving heart.  You will not regret it!