Give generously to him(fellow brothers) and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, I (God) command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. (Deuteronomy 15:10,11 NIV)
The Bible is full of God’s promises. God’s Word is like a blueprint to build our life upon. When we follow His instructions with pure motivations, God is pleased to pour out blessings. This is not a work for your salvation method. Salvation is a free gift straight from the Father. He sent His one and only son to the cross for you and me. Good news! Jesus rose on the third day.
It was not long after Jesus’s crucifixion that Peter followed instructions to go to Cornelius’ house. Cornelius was a Gentile. Against Jewish law, Peter visited him. There we learn God heard Cornelius’ prayers and remembered his gifts to the poor. Could it be…because of Cornelius’ heart to give to the poor, God was about to pour out His spirit? Cornelius and all who heard Peter’s message received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Just as God gave this command to the Israelites, this is for us today. We will always have poor in our land. God knew how closed minded-greedy hearts can become. We are to give generously without a grudging heart. Then…everything you put your hand to-He means everything, will be blessed. Taking care of the poor and needy is a vital part of God’s heartbeat. We, the church, are given clear instructions. Now, it is up to us to show God we can follow instructions. God loves a cheerful giver. Mix these two together and you will be amazed with the blessings that follow.
Forward Friday! Let’s move forward this weekend with hearts softened and our eyes wide open to the needs around us. Be sensitive and feel the Holy Spirit’s nudge on exactly what to do. Trust me, there is such an inner thrill when we help others. God is so good!