From Greediness to Generosity

From Greediness to Generosity

Proverbs 11:24

24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.

Central Truth

God changes our greediness to generosity.

Devotional

It is better to give than receive. How many times have you heard this statement? Maybe your parents, or teacher said it to you growing up or maybe you’ve even said it yourself.  We are not born wanting to be generous, instead, we are born selfish.  It is our natural desire to be selfish. If you do not think so, just watch a two year old interact with another two year old when playing with a toy.  Each child wants the toy for themselves and they will do whatever it takes to get it. Tears are usually shed and someone is usually ends up in timeout.  All because we are born wanting to look out for ourselves and we’ll take care of others only after our needs are met.  The attitude of the culture is the same way. It is acceptable to do whatever it takes to promote yourself, even if it means hurting others.

            God’s economy is different than the world’s economy. Giving everything away and gaining even more does not make sense to economist and business people, but it’s true.  Of course, God is not as concerned with our financial status as much as He is concerned with our spiritual status. Generous people are content, while greedy people are dissatisfied.  Generous people are loved and respected, while greedy people are disliked and avoided.  Generous people are free to give God the worship He deserves while greedy people idolize their possessions.  When God gets a hold of our heart, he changes our greediness to generosity.

Questions To Ponder

  • The good news is that everything we have is God’s. When you read this passage, what have we been set free to do?

  • What does this passage say will become of those who grapple for control of the resources God has entrusted us with?

  • Pray, asking for God to show you where you can put His resources to work for the Kingdom.

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