Lord help me… I don’t want to become skeptical and stingy!

appeal-for-moneySo many needs!  So many appeals for help!  We just received several in the mail today… and add to that the telephone calls and television appeals!  Going to church tomorrow and there just might be an urgent appeal there… Oh, and someone is knocking at the door right now… looks like another appeal for money… And there was that guy with the cardboard sign on the street corner…

You’ve experienced it… so have I!  It’s easy for our hearts to get hardened!  And then we receive the reports of those who lack accountability, are wasteful, and even deceptive and “crooked.”  If we’re not careful we can become skeptical and stingy!

It’s appropriate to “check ‘em out” and practice wise stewardship… But becoming stingy is a “spiritual no – no!”  I don’t want to be like that!  When Jesus came into my life He transformed me!  He took out “the heart of stone” and replaced it with a loving, caring heart!  Selfishness was replaced with a generous spirit!

This morning during “coffee with the Lord” I read what Apostle Paul told Titus, a spiritual leader in the 1st century…

“Let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need and not be unfruitful.” (From Titus 3:14)

Seems like really good advice for Christians today to me!  And it doesn’t always require money!  Sometimes it’s just effort and involvement – doing what we can to help out – sweating a little, getting a bit dirty, using our time and effort to be a blessing and meet a need.  But sometimes it requires some money too – a generous spirit!  Hey, Jesus is the one that said that two small coins is more than a big check if that’s all you have (cp. Matthew 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4 and II Corinthians 8:12)  Self-giving and generosity is fun for a Christian who has experienced a transformed heart!  I want to live my life  like that, don’t you?

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