Learning to Give Like God – Portrait of a Fool
Key Bible Verse: And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!” – Luke 12:19
Dig Deeper: Luke 12:13-21
A parable in Luke 12 describes a man who chose to live his life for himself, and we read that he was foolish in his ownership. His thoughts are revealing in verse 17: “What shall I do?” And then he thinks: “I have no room” and finally, “my crops.” Verse 18 continues this selfish thinking: “I will do this: I will pull down” and “I will store.” Then he says, “my crops and my goods.” In verse 19, he says, “I will say to my soul … eat, drink, and be merry.”
His language reveals that there was no concept of God. It was all about him.
A selfish man does not bring God into the decisions of life.
Sometimes we leave God out of our marriage. Sometimes we leave him out of our business decisions, or we leave him out of our daily personal lives and bring him in only on Sunday morning.
God desires that we give him preeminence in all of life. The Lord requires that we surrender our lives to his authority. Too often, we are fearful that whatever we give to God, he will take away. But if it is taken away, that is ultimately good, because God knows it is dangerous to our hearts.
—Steve Mays in Overcoming
My Response: What do my possessions, financial priorities, and spending habits reveal about my heart?
Thought to Apply: None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.—Benjamin Whichcote (British philosopher, theologian)
Adapted from Overcoming (Regal, 2012)
Prayer for the Week: Father, give me the grace to put to death my selfish desires and habits so that I can generously give of myself to others.