Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 23 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day ten with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free to follow God’s commands.
Free To Be Generous
“They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.”
Psalm 37:26 (NIV)
What is the most generous thing someone has done for you? What made it so? What is the most generous thing you have done for someone else? Do you tend to measure generous acts by the monetary value or by something else? What defines generosity for you? What has God provided in your life? How does gazing intently into God’s perfect law free you to become a more generous person? Does God’s generosity toward you inspire you to be more generous with others?
Most days it seems that I have a mix of selfish and generous tendencies which reside within me in fairly equal measures. I don’t mind helping others, but I want to make sure I’m taken care of as well. It is through time in God’s Word that I learn to more fully trust Him to take care of me. It is then that I find the freedom to be more generous with others. As you pray, ask God to help you experience and see His generosity poured out in your life. Pray that you would recognize your selfish desires so that you would not allow them to take over your thoughts. Pray that your time spent with God would prepare you to be generous with God, and with people in need.