Giving Transforms Life
Within Israel, there are two major bodies of water. The northern body of water is the Sea of Galilee. This large sea receives water from the melting snow of Mount Hermon to the north. Water flows out of the sea through the Jordan River to the Dead Sea in the south. Around the Sea of Galilee and within the sea is abundant life. In contrast, the Dead Sea is as dead as its name implies. Nothing lives in it, and nothing lives around it. Its waters are stagnant.
The contrast in these two bodies of water points out how giving can transform our lives. The difference is that water flows into the Sea of Galilee and out of it down the Jordan River. It lives because it gives. In contrast, the Dead Sea only takes water in. There are no outlets leaving the Dead Sea. It simply takes without giving. By only receiving and not giving, the water is never refreshed and life is destroyed.
Through our giving we are either like the Sea of Galilee or the Dead Sea. Do we look for ways to share God’s blessings with our church and others so as to resemble the Sea of Galilee, or do we hoard all that we can or, at best, give God some leftovers, which cause us to be similar to the Dead Sea?
By the grace of God, we can give and be transformed. Giving enables us to experience joy and live fulfilling lives. Through the working of the Holy Spirit, our attitudes of greed and covetousness can be transformed so that we can become the giving and generous people He wants us to be.
Prayer: Lord, enable me to be a generous and joy-filled giver who gives You praise and honor. Amen.
Blessing on your journey as a steward!