Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Luke 12:32-34 (NIV)
If God were to look into where my heart is, what would he see? According to scripture, one of the first spots he looks at is how I use my resources. God has already assured me that He wants to give me the kingdom. The way to accept his promise is in giving freely to others. If God wants to know what I really value, the first place he would look is my checkbook. By checking my spending He will see where my treasure is. Do I give to the poor, or do I hang onto my treasure for a rainy day? I am truly fearful of those rainy days. However, He is assures me that the more I give, the more I will have. Not necessarily money, but the goodness I feel in my heart. This is something that can never be destroyed. By keeping my heart and pocketbook opened, I am a happier person.
When you give some of your resources to those in need, you will feel something special in to your heart. By giving to the poor, He will supply your needs. He understands our fears, especially now days with all the disasters around us. He’s asking us to not be afraid for anything and help Him take care of his flock. He will give us what we need. We don’t need as much as we think. He doesn’t care if you give a little or a lot. Many of His flock are hurting right now. Find a meaningful charity and share. Remember each one of our dollars multiplies many times over, each can of food at the food pantry adds up and each piece of clothing given to the Good Will grows. We will be giving ourselves purses that will not wear out or that no one can destroy. Remember Luke says, “Where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”
Lord help us to remember that you are always with us. You are aware of our needs and will take care of us. Help us to depend on you and not be afraid. Amen