Week 45 Word: Live Generously
Week 45 Text: Deuteronomy 15:10 NLT
Written By: Lindsey Carlson
“Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.” (Deuteronomy 15:10 NLT)
Jesus’ heart was for the poor. His earthly ministry revolved around serving those in need, loving the unlovable, touching the untouchable. Time after time, we see Jesus ministering to those society has labeled as outcasts. His word tells us it “is not the healthy who need a physician, but the sick.” (Mark 2:17 NLT)
Our world is sick. It doesn’t take more than a second to see how much hurt surrounds us when we survey social media or news outlets. It is tempting to resign ourselves to simply existing in a fallen world, powerless to do anything to change it. However, the hope we have in Christ is a cure for this powerlessness—the earthly poverty—that surrounds us. And this hope is to be shared!
When we talk about giving generously, often the first thing that comes to mind is monetary resources. However, Jesus calls us to look beyond our pocketbooks and gaze into the eyes of the oppressed, hurting, and lost. Friends, we ALL have something to give…a listening ear, our time, our hearts, our energy, our prayer. These are precious resources that can be used to share the hope of Jesus. When we take the time to listen to someone who is struggling, to reach out to a friend in need, or to simply put our devices down and be deliberate about connection, we give generously. We must sit across the table from people and love our brothers and sisters, even when it’s difficult or a million other distractions vie for our attention. This is the heart of ministry.
We give generously when we listen to those whose viewpoints differ from our own. It can be difficult to connect when the beliefs of another are in stark contrast to what we believe to be true. Often, the best way to model Christ is to hold a hand, offer gentle encouragement and genuine kindness…not to condemn or correct. In these moments, we can hold tightly to the fact that Jesus’ ministry focused on pursuing those who had drifted away, and His call to us as His followers is the same. We can pray wholeheartedly the that Holy Spirit will saturate the hearts and lives of those who don’t have a personal relationship with our Savior. We must trust that the Lord will bless our efforts, even when we may not see those blessings immediately, or even in our lifetime.
Giving freely to those in need ultimately blesses us and allows us to experience the love of our Savior in an intimate, real way. Opening our hands, hearts, and ears reveals truths that are beautiful.
1. Who is Christ calling you to give generously to? Jot down names that come to mind. Commit to praying for them daily over the next week.
2. Carry out a random act of kindness in His name. Send a card, buy a cup of coffee for a friend, or text words of encouragement to someone you know who needs it.
3. What distractions keep you from connecting on a truly authentic level with those around you? Name them and ask God to help you clear a path for true connection with others.