How To Be More Blessed

Years ago a monk came to the aid of a needy traveler. He opened his small pouch of belongings and offered the man a precious stone worth a small fortune. The monk had just found it and was now giving it away. The traveler was amazed at this good fortune and quickly left to sell the valuable stone. Surprisingly, the man returned a few days later with the jewel. He placed it in the monk’s hand and said, “Now please give me something more precious than this stone. Please give me that which enabled you to give it away.”

Giving begins in the heart, not the wallet. For most of us, it requires in us a change of heart. That change may come quickly for some, but more slowly for others. However it comes, there is a point in which a growing Christian becomes convinced that Jesus’ words are true, “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35). In this maturing process, the Christian moves from giving begrudgingly to giving generously. He changes from one who gives sparingly to one who gives sacrificially. It is here that the heart learns what it means to give joyfully. And here is where we feel the pleasure of God. As scripture says, “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

When I was a child, I loved to receive gifts at Christmas. When I became a father, it was more rewarding to give gifts at Christmas. This experience parallels the spiritual pattern God desires for us. It is to move from selfish living to selfless living. It is to grow into the normal Christian life of love and generosity.

Paul told Timothy, “(God) richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” and then he admonishes Timothy to command the people “to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:17-18). God wants to bless us with material resources but He will bless us even more when we give of our resources. This is something you can believe in and live by…

I don’t know where you may be in this spiritual journey, but I think for some, it’s time to trust God and step up to the plate. May God teach us all the blessing of giving!

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron

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