Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Godly people are generous givers

Proverbs 21:26 NLT
Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!

Psalm 37:21 NLT
The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers.

I began reading this week through the book of Job in the Old Testament.  I've heard the story forever, yet there were a few things that stuck out in my mind.  God said that Job was blameless and righteous.  In Job's troubles when Satan was inflicting and testing him, Job never stepped away from God.  He hurt and was angry but never with God.

It is not a question at all if Job was a godly man.  He was.  I love the parts of the story where Job interceded for his children.  His desire was for their blessing and for the to be right with God.

That took me back to a verse that I quoted earlier this week.  It says in Matthew 6:33 that if we seek God's righteousness that God will bless us with what we need.  That is a fact.  Take it to the bank.  When people love God, they will be seen a Godly people, but these people will also be givers and generous.  Is that true of you and me?

The Godly give from a heart for God.  Others give out of guilt or need to feel good.  God honors holiness and Godliness.  Holiness produces a generous, giving heart.

My prayer is that the Lord would make us more like Jesus, would make us Godly, and that we would give in a way that really lifts up Jesus.  When we get closer to God and look more like Jesus we will be Godly, and we will be people known for their generosity.  

Jesus illustrated this while sitting at the temple with the disciples and those people closet to Him.  Some people came in and gave large sums of money.  Others couldn't give a lot, but like this wisdom, they gave what they could.  

Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. "I tell you the truth," Jesus said, "this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.  For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has."

I'm not looking for people to join me in ministry who can give lots and lots of money (though that would be nice).  I am looking for people who are willing to simply be godly and do what God asks.  Godly people are generous givers!

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