And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42 (NIV)
That is what I want to do. That is what I will do. What is it that you will do? I will give generously to others who are in need because I am one of your followers. Why now? It isn’t like I have not been giving to others. No, you have given quite generously of your time, talent and resources. What has changed in you? You are asking me that question? Yes, I am asking you that question. You have changed something in me. What do you think I have changed in you? Well, first of all, you have helped me to see the foolishness of trying to store up treasures for myself here on earth. I brought nothing into this world. I will take nothing out of this world. I really own nothing. Nothing is truly mine. I only have temporary stewardship of all that you have given to me. Secondly, you have helped me to see the brevity of life. This life is like the blink of an eye or a snap of the fingers. My life on this earth is like a mist that will soon pass away. So, my attention is more clearly focused on thinking and saying and doing what is good and right and true. I want to fully live a life that is pleasing to you. What kind of life will please me? If I live a life of following your example, I will be living a life that pleases you. You want me to follow you. You want to live like you lived. You want me to do what you did. What did I do? You love and served and gave. You didn’t give a little bit here and there. You didn’t give a little bit now and then. You gave generously and tirelessly. Yes, I did.
So, what will you do? I will ask you to open my heart and eyes and hands to those who are in need. I will no longer walk right on by those who are in need. I will no longer close my eyes to the poor and needy. I will give as you guide me. I will go and do what you ask of me. Will this be a painful and reluctant sacrifice on your part? Will this be an onerous and heavy burden for you to carry? No, not at all. I want to know and do your will. It will be my joy to go and do what you ask me. I believe that you will richly bless my life now and forever as I love and serve and give like you loved and served and gave. Yes, I will richly bless your life now and forever. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I know that you gave generously and tirelessly to others who were in need. I will follow your example. I will do what you did. I will give as you gave. Guide my giving. Open my heart and eyes and hands to give generously to all those who are in need. Amen
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