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Proverbs 22:9

He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

 

I think in today’s world the prevalent attitude is we have by getting and keeping. That is accompanied by the twin attitude of I worked hard for this and it is mine so get your own.

 

While it is true that a person should enjoy the fruit of their labor and that they have the right to enjoy the fruit of their labor, it doesn’t excuse us from having a mean selfish attitude toward others. Furthermore, scripture doesn’t say that I should have a certain amount before I give. Scripture merely says that I should give of my bread to the poor.

 

There was a poor widow one time who came and gave two mites as Jesus was watching those who gave that day. Jesus declared to His disciples that the widow had given more than everyone else in the temple that day because she gave out of her need and everyone else had given from their abundance.

 

We get by giving and not by keeping. John 12:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” A corn of wheat does not reproduce by me keeping it but rather it reproduces when I let go it and it is planted somewhere else instead of in my pocket.

 

The last thing that Jesus commanded His disciples to do before He ascended was to “Go ye therefore”. He didn’t tell them to build a big megachurch and hold on tightly so they didn’t lose any of their members. He said “Go”.

 

If the Lord sees I have a bountiful eye and I am going to share what He gives me, He will send me the substance to share. If the Lord sees that I have a mean selfish eye He has no reason to give me substance to share.

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