Jesus was always helping others. He constantly had his hands open to give things away, whether it be food or a miracle. As Christians, during our walk, we are to grow to become more Christlike. That begs the question. Are your hands opened like Jesus’ were?
Too many times we have our hands closed. We cling to things that we deem important. Wordly possessions that only last a little while. Or our fingers take things from others who might need it more. Just look at the CEOs in this country. They grab at millions and millions of dollars for their own pockets and leave the store clerks making barely enough to survive. Trickle down economics only works if it trickles down.
As Christians, we need to be more willing to let go of our worldly things. Colossians 3:2 states, Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. We are to cling to the things of God, not to our high definition televisions or electronics equipment. Keep that in mind next time you race to Walmart on Black Friday.
Our palms should be open to share. Our fingers should be stretched out to help others. Having too much stuff only makes us want more stuff. The more you have, the more you have to take care of. I’m not a big fan of the new cars with all the latest gadgets. All the electronics just makes it easier for something to go wrong quicker. Give me simple without a lot of bells and whistles. One thing for sure, it costs a lot less to have simpler.
You might find this hard to believe, but the more you give to others, the happier you will actually be.
Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. – Booker T. Washington
We must be willing to live with less in order to do more in the name of Jesus. Why do you need a four bedroom house on the nicest side of town, when you can get the same home in a less prestigious area for fifty thousand dollars less? Where else could you use that fifty thousand? Maybe a couple at church needs a car to get back and forth to work. I’m not saying to buy them an expensive car, but with the extra money you save, you can certainly give one-tenth to help.
Even if you don’t have a lot, you can always help others. There are those who live in nursing homes that have no visitors. Stop by and read to them. Or just say hello. How about spooning food onto the plate of a homeless man?
Giving of our time is just as important as giving of our tithes.
It’s time we, as Christians, release the things of the world and start to open our hands the way Jesus did upon the cross. His arms were wide open showing his love for us. We should be willing to do the same.
What worldly possession do you find you cling to the most? What steps can you take to release it? Please comment below.
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