Live to Give, Not to Receive
September 01, 2014
Matthew 7:1–5; Ephesians 4
Key Verse: Matthew 5:42
Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
Some people think, since I try to financially bless everyone who walks with me, that I do it because I have a lot of extra resources. They did not know me in the lean years when I had next to nothing, but I tried to bless others then as well. You do not wait until you have something to give something!
People may say, “When I get something, I am going to take care of you.” It is not about what you have; it is about what is already in you—it is your mind-set. If you are not prepared to give now, then you will not give when you get something. If someone promises you something in the future but will not give you half of the fifty cents he has now, forget it. He could get $500,000, but he would not give you five dollars because it is not in his heart to do it.
God is looking for people who say from the heart, “Even if I do not have anything, I will share.” He will give you more because He knows that you know how to bless others. If you do not have any money, just bless people with a smile. Put your arms around them and hug them. Share the love of God with them.
It is the mind-set that counts, not the dollars.
Heavenly Father, I have been waiting for You to bless me before I can bless someone else. I see that is wrong. Forgive me for that selfish mind-set. Lord, I will bless and love others with what I already have. I know that You will bless me with more as I give out what I have. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.