Blessed to Be a Blessing
“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19, NASB)
I’m very encouraged by the emerging trend of super-wealthy individuals like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and others who are committing their vast fortunes to philanthropic efforts. I subscribe to an online newsletter entitled, “The Gathering.” It features the latest development, trends, and articles in the area of Christian giving. When I read the newsletter I am amazed at the generosity of some individuals regarding their willingness to give their time, money and talents to those most in need.
If I allow it, my mind and spirit can easily get derailed when I stop to consider that only 20 percent of the body of Christ tithes regularly. On top of that, only a small number in the church volunteer and serve in ministries or go to the mission field. For those of us who live in the U.S., the wealthiest and most materialistic nation on earth, we must ask ourselves, “How did we allow our hearts to become hardened, our necks to become stiff, our eyes to become blind, and our ears to become deaf to the plight and suffering of those around us? Why are we so obsessed with acquiring more money and more stuff?” So much so that many of us pay thousands of dollars annually in rental storage fees to warehouse our surplus stuff! We should all be motivated to give more, do more, and serve more after reading today’s verses.
Child of God, I encourage you to be generous, even extravagant in giving your time, money, and possessions. Remember, God has blessed you so that you can be a blessing to others. Ask God to show you who you can bless today.
Lord, thank You for all of Your blessings and favor You give me and my house. Give me a generous spirit, sensitivity to recognize the needs of those around me and the ability to meet those needs. Bless me to be a blessing to others each day. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.