This weekend I shared with our church some attitudes that we see all around us. Which one are you? Are you known as a giver or a taker? Is life all about you or about serving Jesus by serving others?
Look carefully at these three different attitudes:
1. What's yours is mine, and I'm going to take it.
This is called greed, and we see lots of this in our world today. GREED says that I never have enough. It is also a picture of a heart clouded by materialism. God says watch out for this:
Luke 12:15 (NLT) --- Then he said, "Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own."
2. What's mine is mine, and I'm going to keep it.
This is called selfishness. SELFISHNESS is a sign that you are not walking with or following Jesus. When we follow Jesus, it is less about self and more about the Savior. My prayer is that we will live like this:
Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT) --- Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
3. What's mine is yours, and I'm going to give it.
This is called sacrifice. SACRIFICE is something that God calls us to. Jesus sacrificed for us. We can do the same to help people and show them Jesus. Here is what God says we are to do:
Psalm 112:5 (NIV) --- "Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely…"
Proverbs 11:25 (NIV) --- "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will be refreshed."
Acts 20:35 (NIV) --- "…the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "