I must admit . . . I can be mean and stingy and shy away from opportunities to give.
It’s not that I don’t want to lend a helping hand, but it’s like there’s a sign above my head that says “DO ALL CASH WITHDRAWALS HERE” or “WALKING ATM”. I am flanked by beggars, one right after the other, and it gets annoying and overwhelming because it seems they can smell money from afar off. After a quick scan, I filter those who look able enough to work and fend for themselves, to those who look like they’ll use it on drugs, or those who have a legitimate need.
Therein lies the question, “To give, or not to give?” Should I give away my hard earned money on who look like they need it the most, or should I give to all and sundry? It’s not as if I am wealthy and have money hoarded because some days I am down to my last two cents like the poor widow with the two coins (Mark 12:41-44).
My job is not to question the need, but to answer the call to help and allow God to check the heart of the beggar.
I was challenged to give without seeking anything in return; to walk with spare change expecting that someone would relieve me of it.
Many times we withhold our blessing because we hold with a tight fist and clenched hands, what God wants extended to help others. Have you ignored His prompt to give money to the beggars at the traffic light and those on the sidewalk?
I vowed to give money to the next beggar I encountered. The following day, I went to the ATM and naturally, God had a beggar poised at the door, awaiting my arrival. I readily gave him the change I taken out and smiled and left. “God bless you,” he said. Later in the afternoon, I received a message from my cousin that she felt led to send me some money. The amount she sent was ten times what I had sacrificed!.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Recently, I was a bit peeved that I was giving so much and was not receiving anything in return. I gave freely of my time, talent and treasure and more often than not, it seemed as though I was a target for persons with parasitic tendencies. I lashed out at God that I felt used, because when I was in need, there was no one to help. But, God showed me my heart, and I saw that it wasn’t in the right place. My ability to give is made possible by Him, and nothing that I own belongs to me; so I should, in fact, give it away when He commands me to.
If I have a genuine love for others, I will be able to give freely.
“…remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
You may not be wealthy materially, but you may have an abundance of gifts and talents or free time that you can share with those in need.
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