“Freely you have received, freely give.”
There is no room for misers in God’s kingdom. When
we begin to struggle in giving what we have to others, we have forgotten where
we received our possessions. Every good thing we have ever received has come
from God (James 1:17). All that we have acquired has been dependent upon His
grace (1 Cor. 4:7). Job accurately summarized our condition: “Naked I came from
my mother’s womb, / And naked shall I return there. / The Lord gave, and the
Lord has taken away; / Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
We easily assume a sense of ownership of our
possessions, as if they were things we earned ourselves, thereby giving us a
right to them. Jesus reminds us to be prepared to give our possessions as
freely and joyfully as we received them. It should be a pleasure for us to give
what we have to others (2 Cor. 9:7). We ought to be a conduit through whom the
Lord can pour His blessings, knowing we will disperse them to everyone around
us. Sometimes we claim we are trying to be good stewards of our resources when
actually we are being selfish.
If you struggle to give freely to others, you have
become more attached to the gift than to the Giver. The account of the rich
young ruler shows the tragedy of becoming too attached to worldly treasures
(Luke 8:18–24). Meditate on all that your Lord has given to you (John 3:16).
Resolve to express your gratitude to Him through your giving.