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Don’t Be a Scrooge

Feeling isolated, unloved, not knowing somebody cares, having no one with whom to share pain or victories. That would be an empty life, and it is not God’s plan.

God’s plan is for us to have a full life (John 10:10). This fullness should overflow onto others to encourage and strengthen them. But something gets in the way. The Bible tells us a “thief” comes “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” We help this destruction along when we give in to greed. Greed fools us into holding on to our money or possessions, believing they will bring us happiness. This is self-worship instead of God-worship. 

Proverbs 28:22 tells us the eagerness of stingy people to get rich in material things blinds them to the lonely life-poverty that awaits as a result of their greed. Being rich is not a problem with God, but being stingy is where things go bad. God gave us what we need — Jesus. Jesus taught, demonstrated and lived a life seeing the needs of others and giving to them.  

Jesus showed us how to have the full life He promised. When we focus on other people, understand their needs and invest our resources in their lives, they are important to us and we learn to love them. Our care for others in turn encourages them to love us. Loneliness is defeated. Making this a lifestyle leads to the satisfying, full life Jesus wants us to have.

Reflect:

  • What is one area of life you find yourself being stingy? What is one step you can take today to change that?
  • What is one way you can begin making the needs of others more important?
  • What is one way you can demonstrate love to someone today?

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