December is many things, but one of the hallmarks of this month would have to be the opportunities we are given to extend a helping hand to the needy. Red kettles on street corners… paper angels on Christmas trees inscribed with the hopes and dreams of little girls and boys… good-looking Marines collecting toys that will brighten the eyes of tots… Truly this month beckons us to think beyond our own needs and desires.
Yet those with hearts attuned to God’s heart understand that giving to others is not a “December” thing. It is a life-enhancing practice that should be as natural to Christians as breathing air.
Proverbs 19:17… “Giving help to the poor is like loaning money to the LORD. He will pay you back for your kindness.” (ERV)
I sent this verse to a friend of mine who was having financial difficulties. I challenged her to give to a food pantry or some other outreach each week, even if it was only a can of soup or a bar of soap. Why would I give that advice? Because I truly believe that when we give out of our poverty, God will bless us out of His wealth – not just in December, but all year long.
Lord, please help us to understand that the richest among us are not the ones with the most money in the bank, but those with eyes that see the need and hearts that respond in love.
Thank you Father for seeing our need and responding with Jesus…