Get God’s Attention
Do something extraordinary as an expression of your faith.
The other day somebody wrote me and said, “Thế, I sure like that tie you wore last weekend.” So I just boxed it up and mailed it to him. I thought, that is too good an opportunity to pass up. (Now, don’t write me and tell me you like my suit, or the car I drive. That’s cheating. You know my secret!)
You may say, “Thế, I could never do something like that, giving something to somebody simply because they paid me a compliment.”
Fine, but do what you can do. You can give somebody a ride. You can call somebody and encourage them. You could go to the grocery store for an elderly person. You can do something. Start today!
Learn to stretch your faith. Do something out of the ordinary. If you want an extraordinary harvest, sow an extraordinary seed. Instead of sitting at home watching TV every night, why not spend some of that time doing something good for somebody else? Instead of going out to eat at an expensive restaurant, why not save that money, and sow it as a seed? If you normally give 10 percent of your income, stretch your faith a bit and give 11 percent. Get a little more seed in the ground and watch what God will do.
The Gospel says, “Whatever measure you use to give- large or small- will be used to measure what is given back to you”(Luke 6:38) In other words, if you give with a teaspoon, it’s going to be given back to you with a teaspoon. If you give with a shovel, it’s going to be given back with a shovel. And if you give with a dump truck, you’re going to get dump-truck loads of blessings in your life!
The Scripture is not ambiguous about this matter. It says, “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success” (Proverbs 3:6). If you want to prosper in your finances, put God first. If you want to prosper in your business, put God first. When you honor God, God will always honor you. And it’s interesting that the only place in the Bible God tells us to prove Him – which means to test Him, or check Him out – is in the area of our finances. If you will be faithful and show God that you’re trustworthy with what you have right now, there’s no limit to what God will do in your life.
He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (2 Corinthians 9:6)
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father Almighty, I don’t want to rob from You. I don’t want to take credit for the blessings in my life. All of it comes from You. Forgive me for the times I’ve been selfish with what You’ve given me. I want to honor You with my finances, even beyond the 10 percent You’ve asked of me. I want to be extravagant in my love for You and in my love for others. Help me to follow Your lead, to honor You by being faithful with what You’ve given me. Amen.
TAKEAWAY TRUTH: I will honor God with my finances. I will not only give what is expected, I will give that which is unexpected, especially to those who don’t have resources to do something similar for me. I will start today.