Give generously to them 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. Deuteronomy 15:10
Regardless of where one goes in the world there are always some poor and needy people nearby. Most often people walk right past a poor person in need of something, refusing to help even though they have the ability to do so.
It is expected that family, the government or someone else will help the person out.
Moses pointed out that there will always be poor people but urged the Israelites to give generously and with a grateful heart to anyone who has a need. In doing so God would bless the giver and all that he does.
Greed and fear of not having enough for self often prevents most people from being willing to give to the needs of others. Others refuse to give because they feel that the poor person made bad decisions and is suffering the consequences of those decisions.
Any believer that chooses not to give to someone in need when he has the ability to has forgotten what God has given him. Before becoming saved by Jesus, every person is needy and poor, lost in sin and death and needing forgiveness and life. Jesus gave His life so that the believer could live.
In the same way that Jesus gave His life believers need to be willing to give some of what they have, their life, to the needs of others. God does not give any believer anything just to horde it, but to use it to help others and build His kingdom.
Giving needs to be done with a generous and grateful heart just as Jesus gave His life. As one does this, God will bless him with more to be able to give more.
You most likely know of some people who are in need of something. Although you may not be able to provide everything that a person may need, you have the ability to provide something. Do not keep your hand tightly closed, gripping on to what you have, but be generous and help meet the needs of others.
Trust God to meet your needs as you work to meet the needs of others. He will provide abundantly above your needs as you give generously to others.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the needs of others; that you will give generously to those God puts in your path; and that you will see God’s amazing provision in your life as you give.
Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone who heart prompts them to give. Exodus 25:2
On a regular basis a person can receive many requests to give some amount of money to support a large variety of organizations. These can range from supporting some politician, to supporting some endangered animal, to supporting feeding children or the homeless and much more.
Some of these organizations push very hard to get someone to give, while others just mention it and back off. Many will give some, and some will give none.
As Moses is getting ready to have the tabernacle built, God tells him to tell the people that whoever’s heart prompts them to give, for them to bring an offering for the tabernacle.
The world and some churches work hard at making a person feel guilty if he does not give. Feelings of shame are pushed when one does not give at the same time many others are giving.
God does not want a person to give anything if it is not given from the heart. He loves a cheerful giver, one who wants to give.
When Jesus came to this earth, it was because God cheerfully gave Him. Jesus endured the cross with joy because He knew it would save people. Their giving was for a good cause and from Their heart.
Every believer will often be given many different opportunities to give. Each one must seek God as to which one to give to and how much, but the giving must be done from the heart, out of love for God and for others.
If it is given out of guilt or pressure or for recognition, it is better to not give. As one gives from the heart to the work of God, His kingdom will be built.
Opportunities for you to give will always be there. Take time to seek God’s direction as to what to give and who to give it to. Recognize the love God had for you when He sent His Son to die for you and pass that giving on to others.
He may lead you to give a little or a lot, but trust God with what to give as you give from your heart out of love for God and others. In this way you will work together with others to build His kingdom.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has given you; that you will give to the Lord from a heart of love and a desire to give; and that you will give your life and possessions to God to be used by Him for His glory.