December 16, 2016
Who Is Blessed?
Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God (2 Corinthians 9:11, NLT).
Friend to Friend
He sorted through the mail, pressed the latest bill onto the table, and looked at me with compassion in his eyes. He knew full well that our medical debt stirred up huge amounts of anxiety within me.
“We’ll get through this.” He assured.
I wasn’t so sure.
What happened to us? How did we get here? And how would we ever get through it?
The truth is, we had encountered one crisis after another through no fault of our own. And, the truth was, we had become inconsistent stewards and hit-and-miss tithers. All because of fear. But when is fear ever a good motivator for a Christian?
We decided that we needed to live like God’s promises were true, or we need to quit calling ourselves believers. If we can trust Jesus with our eternity, surely we can trust Him with our finances, right?
We got down on our knees together, bowed our heads, and asked God’s forgiveness for allowing our fears to get in the way of our obedience. Then we resolved right then and there never to hold back the tithe. I thought to myself, God must being smiling big right now. Obedience feels good.
But He wasn’t finished with us yet. He whispered to both our hearts, I also want you to keep an eye open for those around you. No matter what season of life you find yourself, there’ll always be someone within your reach that you can help. You always posses more than you know and I intend to meet some of the world’s needs through you.
That moment changed everything for us. We got up from that place and determined to ever be on the lookout for those who need what God has given to us.
I host a daily talk show on Faith Radio called Live the Promise. Andy Crouch joined me on the show awhile back and he talked about the importance of stewarding the power that God has entrusted to us. Some use their power in a corrupt way. They leverage their position to benefit themselves even though others may pay a price.
But Jesus did the exact opposite. He leveraged His power and it cost Him everything, that we might gain eternity and then some. What love!
Once Andy established that we all have power and influence in varying degrees, he posed a question that I’ll not soon forget. He said we must dare to ask ourselves: Who flourishes because I have power?
Who flourishes because God has been good to me?
It’s easy to commit the sin of comparison and come up lacking compared to those who seem to have it all. But truly, we’re more blessed than we know, and more influential than we can fathom.
God delegates to each of us a measure of influence and power. One day we’ll give an account for how we’ve stewarded our time, treasures, and talents. And since that’s true, we must consider this weighty question today: Who is blessed because I’ve been blessed?
May we live generously and wholeheartedly because we serve a God in heaven who has been so very good to us.
Precious Lord, You have been good to me. Thank you for the countless blessings I enjoy. Help me, Lord, to live a generous, grateful life. Forgive me for the countless times I’ve committed the sin of comparison. I am rich beyond measure and blessed beyond comprehension; all because of You. Give me a vision for what You want to accomplish through me, who You want to bless through me, and where You want me to go, because You have been good to me. Here I am, Lord, send me, use me, and change me.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Who flourishes because I have power?
In what ways is God calling me to grow in generosity?
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Originally published Friday, 16 December 2016.