The Bible says our Father in heaven wants us to be like His son, Jesus. The hard part is our desire to become like Jesus. Do I really want to?
Over and over God commands us to share, to be generous, to think of others first. I have to confess, I never really took that seriously until now. I have learned somethig significant about myself as I have prayed and studied this current sermon series. In the series we have learned form 1 Timothy 6:17-18 that we are to rich in good deeds and to be willing to share. He tells us to put others first.
I have learned that when I get extra time or money that I don’t put others first. Instead I think on how I can give to myself. I think about a new computer, a new suit, or new furniture. I think of being generous in other ways, but what if I got extra vacation time? I am su[pposed to use that to do good toward others? What, I got a raise, I should spend a perentage of that on being generous with others? That is not the first thought that comes to mind.
Truly being generous is a different state of mind. One, I fear, that I struggle with.
Do I really want to be in that state of mind? I like the new stuff I buy. I enjoy it. It makes me fel good that I was able to get it. I like watching all the games on ESPN. Do I really want to be like Jesus, who gave up the luxury on earth, so he could have treasure in heaven?
I do not believe God is against wealth. I don’t think he wants everyone making the same income. God has blessed me with this stuff and with wealth. He blessed with the ability to get it. What I believe is the difference for God is not our riches, but how I use what God has given me. God has told me to be generous with his stuff. I admit, I like to think it is my stuff.
I believe being like Jesus means that I become a generous person. I pray I develop the desire to become more and more like him every day.