Two weeks into the New Year and some may have done pretty well with their resolutions; others may have given up already.
Friends, we all want to do well in our lives, we’re all looking for a significant breakthrough or blessing from God this year.
Let me share a simple secret: Play your part. Give from what you have and you will see a breakthrough. The following three stories counter three attitudes that could open up or hinder your blessing.
First, the attitude that says
I do not have, so I cannot give.
The Bible tells us a story of a lame beggar. He looked at Peter and John expecting money.
Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’ Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk.
The beggar wanted money. Peter and John didn’t have money.
Maybe you don’t have something—does that mean you cannot offer anything?
We’re so concerned with what we don’t have that we miss out on being a blessing with what we have.
Second, the attitude that says
I have very little, so no point giving.
One day thousands were stranded with no food. Jesus asked the disciples to organize something and all they could find was a boy with his lunch.
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, ‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
And they all had enough to eat.
God provided miraculously
Don’t underestimate the power of making the little you have available to God.
And finally, the attitude that says
I have too much, I cannot give.
Some people possess multiple talents, some are intelligent, some are from noble families, some are rich, and some seem to have it all.
A very rich man came to Jesus asking how he could inherit eternal life.
Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
The rich young ruler had much. He loved what he had and was unable to give.
But Jesus promised his disciples that if they were willing to let go of what they had, God would bless them a hundred fold.
Friends, let’s check our attitudes. Let’s learn from these stories and decide to give from what we have. Then, we will experience a breakthrough.