Give generously to him 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. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. Deuteronomy 15:10-11 (NIV)
I have richly blessed your life. I have given you many good gifts. I have withheld no good thing from you. It would be foolish for you to be close handed and unwilling to share with the poor. Do you know why I am saying this to you? Do you know why this is true? You want me to share with others the good things you have given to me. You have blessed me so I can be a blessing. You want me to follow your example. You want me to give like you gave. You want me to serve like you served. You want me to love like you loved. Yes, I want you to do all these things. Yes, I want you to follow my example. But there is another more basic reason it would be foolish for you to not share with others. Well, I do know that I came into this world with nothing. I will leave this world with nothing. Can I really call anything in this world “mine?” Do I really own anything if I can’t take it with me? What do you think? I am only the temporary steward of all you have given to me. That is true. You do have one thing that is not quite correct in your thinking. What’s that? It is true that you came into this world with nothing. It is not true that you will leave this world with nothing. I’m not understanding. You can’t store on treasures on earth. But you can store up treasure in heaven with me. How can I store up treasure in heaven with you? Everything you do for me in this life will be rewarded. Nothing you do for me in this life will be forgotten. I will be watching you as you give like I gave. I will see you as you serve like I served. I will take notice of when you love like I loved. As you do all these things for me your reward will be great in heaven. One day, we will look back over your life. Together we will celebrate the work that I have done in and through you. We will have great joy over the people who are in heaven because of how you have allowed me to use you. You will find great satisfaction in knowing that as you were open handed and generous with the poor you were a bright light and bold witness for me in the world. You will give thanks that you were able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. All of this will be because you were open handed and generous with the poor as you loved and followed and served me. This is the life I want to live. This is what I will do. That is very good.
Lord, you have been abundantly generous to me. You have given me many precious and valuable gifts. You have withheld no good thing from me. Help me to follow your example. Help me to also be open handed and abundantly generous with the poor. Amen
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