By Patrick Hawthorne
We are entering the Christmas Season. OK, so Christmas season began for some in October. Nevertheless, it is a prime time to become a giver if you are not already one.
Just to clear the air, I believe that God wishes to prosper us. Now, before you begin to cast stones at my follicle challenged cranium, I will confess that I do not subscribe to a lot of the foolishness that is being taught from many pulpits today. Prosperity does not necessarily mean wealth and riches. Nor does it mean hoarding wealth. It means relying on God to meet our needs and then letting go and letting Him provide. It also means, trusting God to provide for us so that we might, in turn, help others with their needs.
The Bible tells us, in Isaiah 32:8 that a generous man can stand on his generosity. In other words, the world may seemingly be going to hell in a hand basket, but those who are generous towards others can stand before God in the confidence that He will in turn meet their needs. We see this all throughout the New Testament.
Unfortunately, Christian’s can be some of the biggest tight wad Scrooges. To combat that, I am offering a challenge. I call it the Twenty Dollar Challenge. I want you to take a twenty dollar bill and set it aside. I then want you to ask the Lord to direct you to the person He would like you to give that twenty dollars to. It’s that simple. Go about your day, or your week and when you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit simply give the money to the person and tell them that Jesus loves them. It is that easy.
So there it is…the Twenty Dollar Challenge. It might not seem like a big thing. But, then again, to someone who really needs to know that our Heavenly Father really cares about them, it might be a huge thing. Be blessed.
Note: If Twenty Dollars is out of your range at the moment, give what you can. It is not about the money amount. It is about the heart behind the giving.