October 9, 2020
Prayer: Lord, may we be generous with what You have given us!
Scripture: Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Cor. 9:6 NIV
I loved those crisp fall days when the kindergarten children would walk out to their buses with bulging backpacks full of fruit they had picked at the apple orchard. They were proud of the amount of weight they were able to carry like this, expressed with groans of heavy toil as they walked. Todd beamed too, but instead of keeping his apples hidden, he carried them in his hands and offered them to staff members as he made his way down the hall. “Hi, Mrs. Wilson. Would you like one?” he asked as he walked toward me.
I thought of Todd and his sister, obviously lacking in ordinary material possessions. The clothing they wore betrayed their poverty. Yet here he came, the poorest of the lot, giving out his apples right and left. Could it be that Todd at age five had already discovered the joy of giving? Perhaps this was one of the rare occasions when he had something tangible to give that others might like.
It pleases God if we give cheerfully like that. Sometimes we give because we feel expected to, or because we’ve been asked for a donation. What can God teach you today about giving? Do you have something which you could give away and bring pleasure to another? Is there something God is asking you to give in a cheerful and abandoned manner? Ask God to give you His perspective on giving, and you will reap a generous harvest!
Copyright Shirley Wilson. Email email@example.com.