Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. – PROVERBS 19:17

DEVOTION

People were said to have “a good eye” if they were generous during Jesus’ day. Stingy people were said to have a “bad eye.” Jesus used this Hebrew expression in Matthew 6:22. Read this verse again with this understanding.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.”

Jesus connects your entire life to generosity. Some of the happiest people are often the most generous. Generosity is rooted in gratefulness. When people are grateful instead of jealous, they give more freely.

When we give, we see the great impact it can have on others, which makes us want to do more, and the cycle turns into a lifestyle. What Jesus said will be true of you, “your whole life is full of light.”

The invitation to give is not an invitation into guilt and religion, it is an invitation into joy.

STORY

There are people risking their lives to bring nutritious food and the Gospel to refugees inside Burma everyday. Some wear dark clothes and take boats across the border to bring food and Bibles into camps. Others hide huge storehouses of food so that villagers whose homes have been burned can come, eat and hear about Jesus. These heroes need our prayers and our support.

A man, who for 15 years has risked his life inside Burma, tells his motto, “I never let comfort or fear inform my decisions — only obedience to God.”

That challenge is for all of us. We may not be risking our lives, but we may put our comfort at risk. Don’t let comfort or fear inform your decision as you pray about the amount of meals you may provide. Start with gratefulness and follow it to bold generosity.

PRAYER FOCUS

This week, pray you will not be tight fisted but open handed when there is an opportunity to give.

 

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Photo: Jess Abt

Photo: Jess Abt

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