Learning to Give Like God – What Jesus Wants
Key Bible Verse: “You fool! Tonight you will die. Then who will get what you have stored up?” – Luke 12:20
Dig Deeper: James 4:13-5:6
The rich man thought it was time to enjoy life. But notice God’s response in today’s Key Bible Verse. This man mistakenly believed that his whole life was ahead of him. But this man was on the edge of darkness. Living for himself, he had no knowledge that God was going to require his soul that very night. He spoke as though he were the master of his life. Jesus said this man was a fool because he left God out of the equation.
Don’t we do the same thing? We make decisions that we think are good, but we don’t seek the Lord or look into his Word. We constantly think about what we need to make us feel better or more comfortable rather than what others might need. And we’re not alone in that. All around us we constantly see people living for themselves.
Jesus came to stop that. He wants you and me to live for the glory of God; he wants us to learn what it means to die to self and put him first. We need to stop for a moment and ask, What would Jesus want me to do in this situation? We must bring him into the decisions of our daily lives.
—Steve Mays in Overcoming
My Response: I will consider whether or not I am seeking God’s will in my daily decisions.
Thought to Apply: When a man thinks he has got a good deal of strength, and is self-confident, you may look for his downfall.—D. L. Moody (pastor, evangelist)
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.