“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” ~ John Wesley
God is very generous toward His children. We are truly blessed. People who have a scarcity mindset don’t understand the abundance of God. His resources are limitless and He freely pours out everything we need to accomplish His purpose for our lives.
Out of His abundance, we have the amazing opportunity to reflect the giving nature of God by being generous to others. Take time today to think about all the things you have that you could give away. Your list will probably include money and possessions but as you think about it further, you’ll discover that you have so much more at your disposal that would add value to others. Read this wisdom passage from Proverbs with a broad context of all the “good” you have in your power to give away.
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” (Proverbs 3:27-28 NLT)
It’s in your power to help others. God has blessed you abundantly so you can freely pour into the lives of those around you in a variety of ways. You can begin by adding value to relationships with words of encouragement and appreciation. Giving time and attention to listen to someone’s life story will deepen your understanding of what they truly value. Simply accepting a person for who they are will add value to their life and your relationship with them.
Be generous with what you know. You can add value to someone’s work by patiently teaching them and providing resources that will equip them to be their best. Your prayers and gentle words of biblical wisdom can add value to others spiritually. Your godly example through humble servant leadership adds value to the team you lead. True servant leaders just can’t help themselves; they are constantly looking for opportunities to add value to others.
Learn to walk slowly through the crowd. When you truly understand God’s abundance, there is no good reason to be in a hurry. Take time to look for opportunities to reflect the giving nature of God. Don’t let the business of your schedule keep you from connecting with your people. Stop and listen, really listen. You will hear cries for help you may have never heard before in the regular conversations of your day. Make an inventory and be aware of ALL good things you have to give “when it’s in your power to help”.
Let me challenge you today to be generous with all your resources and exercise your power to give good things to those around you. Others will experience the goodness of God through your generosity.