Measured Giving

You don’t have to live life long to discover that our world is good at “taking” . .

A fellow human being with nothing but selfish intent is more than prepared to snatch, abduct, appropriate, blackmail, burglarize, carry off, cheat, cozen, defraud, despoil, divert, embezzle, heist, hold for ransom, hold up, housebreak, keep, kidnap, lift, loot, make off with, misappropriate, peculate, pilfer, pillage, pinch, pirate, plagiarize, plunder, poach, purloin, ransack, remove, rifle, rip off, run off with, sack, shoplift, snitch, spirit away, stick up, strip, swindle, swipe, take, take possession of, thieve, walk off with, withdraw . . . not even hundreds of English words begin to “capture” all the various nuances of thievery that mankind has contrived.

On the other hand, “giving” is not free of it’s own challenges. When giving of financial resources is often tainted by “duty” or political correctness or hope for a return favor, one can not be sure that those who appear to be generous are necessarily “for real”. It has always been easier to “throw money” at problems than to become vulnerable, accessible and invested in lives in all the intangible ways that go way beyond relief organization bank accounts, medical research foundations . . . even church planting and mission enterprise.

When it comes to friendships we all know the “feeling” where “time generosity” is measured . . . while many of those same friends find an abundance of time to “talk” about their own life on Facebook and Pinterest and the like . . . the “look at my life” generation has never been more numerically connected, and never more spiritually and relationally disconnected from friends and family right under their own nose.

Fortunately, Jesus Christ understands the “selfish” poverty of our soul and the unavoidable eternal consequences if we don’t mercifully experience an extreme heart-makeover provided through the cross of Calvary and the grace of a risen King who gave all. From II Corinthians 8 we read,

“I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”

This is David “JB” Miller with a question: Will you be content to do the necessary, the dutiful, the appropriate . . having the appearance of Christian goodness . . or will you be so lost in gratitude to the unimaginable heaven-sent soul rescue of Christ that you will search for the grace and strength to give your life on a level of genuineness which is always . .

. . more than eyes can see?

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About the author : David "JB" Miller


David "JB" Miller is founder and author at LifeLetter Ministries. He and his wife Cheri make their home in beautiful Paradise Valley, Arizona and have six children and six grandchildren they absolutely adore.

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