Mind Your Own Business – devotional – day 6

Day 6

Even the poor are to give to God from what they have.

Deuteronomy 16:16 “No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed.”
1 Kings 17:10-15 (Elijah asked a widow)“Would you please bring me acup of water?” As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.” But she said, “I swear by the LORD your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and cook that `last meal,’ but bake me a little loaf of bread first. Afterward there will still be enough food for you and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: There will always be plenty of flour and oil left in your containers until the time when the LORD sends rain and the crops grow again!” So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her son continued to eat from her supply of flour and oil for many days. For no matter how much they used, there was always enough left in the containers, just as the LORD had promised through Elijah.” NLT

Genesis 28:20-22 (While a single young man with no job or income)
Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me and will watch over
me… then the LORD will be my God…and of all that you (O God)
give me I will give you a tenth.’”
2 Corinthians 8:2-4 “Though (the Macedonian Christians) have
been going through much trouble and hard times, they have mixed
their wonderful joy with their deep poverty, and the result has been
an overflow of giving to others. They gave not only what they could
afford but far more; and I can testify that they did it because they
wanted to…They begged us to take the money so they could share
in the joy of helping the Christians in Jerusalem.” TLB

If a pauper gives to God, he’ll feel like a prince.  If a prince doesn’t give to God, he’ll feel like a pauper.

from Brian Kluth’s 40 day spiritual journey to a more generous life devotional 

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