A Life of Giving

A Life of Giving

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Some people seem primarily concerned about themselves. They passionately hoard their possessions and indulge in personal pleasures. This lifestyle may bring to mind cranky billionaires or selfish entertainers. But the Bible warns that these also are characteristics of “the sluggard.”

These people are not concerned with faithfulness or responsibility, but they do as little as possible. They don’t want to work, yet are filled with cravings “all day long.” Sluggards may not realize it, but this kind of craving “puts [them] to death.” It strangles them.

But people who fear God are different. They seek to please Him and live according to His Word. They seek first His Kingdom and have a balanced attitude toward their possessions. And they work as unto Him.

They also cultivate an attitude of giving. They realize that everything they have is a gift from God and that He “loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Instead of hoarding, they look for opportunities to give. They are generous and do not hold back.

What is your attitude toward your possessions? Time? Resources? Are you selfish? A sluggard? Or do you try to please God, always seeking opportunities to serve Him with the resources He has given you? Apply the talents you have been given. Invest your resources in His Kingdom. Seek to obey and serve Him. Cultivate a life of giving. Remember, you have been blessed so that you can bless others!