But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him, how can God’s love be within him? 1 John 3:17 (TLB)
You know that the hardest thing for you to give up is your money. It represents your time, your energy, your talents, your total personality converted into currency. We usually hold on to it tenaciously, yet it is uncertain in value and we cannot take it into the next world. The Scripture teaches that we are stewards for a little while of all we earn. If we misuse it, as did the man who buried his talent, it brings upon us the severest judgment of God. The tithe is the Lord’s. If you use it for yourself, you are robbing God. We are to take the tithe as a standard, but to go beyond the tithe is an indication of our gratefulness for God’s gifts to us. In the midst of sorrow and trouble, this life has many blessings and enjoyments which have come from the hand of God. Even our capacity for love is a gift from God. We show our gratitude by giving back to Him a part of that which He has given to us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Give me a generous heart, Father, that does not grudgingly give back to You all that is rightfully Yours.
The above message is from Billy Graham, and really hit me hard. This message will either convict you, or convince you. I would also like to add my two cents in by sharing my thoughts below.
Romans 15:1-3 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”
The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ sets us free from the power of sin and out of that freedom Christ now asks us to not think about ourselves as much as how to bear the burdens of others. This may seem too much to bear, except that the God who laid down his life for us now empowers us to do the very same thing for our neighbor. Do you feel dry in your walk with God? You’ll probably find the answer in the needs of those around you.