“If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD–and he will repay you!”
Proverbs 19:17 NLT
I loved High School and College. Let me rephrase that, I loved the social aspect of High School and College! I’m an extrovert and love being with people. It energizes me. Kids at High School and College age are all about being social. Someone is always planning a party, go-karting, movie-night or just hanging out together. My group of friends loved the movies and go-karting. The bad part of kids at that age is that they hardly ever have money so someone in the group would always say, ”I wanna go, but I’m outta funds. Can You Lend Me Some Cash?…I’ll pay you back.” Which translated usually meant, “We’ll have fun, but say good-bye to your money!”
I think these teenage experiences are God’s way of preparing us for our relationship with Him, money and others, I really do! I believe that God puts people in our life who don’t have the same cashflow as us so we can keep a right perspective on money.
You see half the time when a teenager lends money they aren’t really lending their money, they’re imparting their parents’ cash.
James reminds us that “every good and perfect gift” comes from God.1
[tweetthis]All that we have is from God so therefore, it’s all His. James 1:17 [/tweetthis]
ALL WE HAVE IS HIS
It’s hard to break the mentality that it’s not ours but it’s true, all we have is His. Even crazier to comprehend is that God says when we lend His money, He will reimburse us…just like the parent of a teen who gives them more cash the next weekend! He gives for us to give!
Other times God seems like our teenage ‘borrower’ friends. We think He’s forgotten what we’ve done to help others and start to doubt He’s ever going to pay us back. It can seem like forever in our finite minds, but God doesn’t break promises and even if it takes Him till eternity, He will repay…with interest!2
So, the next time you see or hear of someone in need and feel that nudge in your spirit…when you know it’s the Lord asking: Can You Lend Me Some Cash?…I hope you answer yes.
Father…Thank You for all you give. Help me to have the right perspective with my money. Change my heart so I can accept that it’s all yours. Help me not to have closed pockets, but an open heart ready and willing to help the poor in finances and in spirit. Open up my heart so I say yes and that I’m able to see the people you’re calling me to help. May I give like you give and repay like you repay…abundantly! In Jesus Name…Amen
1 James 1:17
2 Joel 2:26
I’m not encouraging you to give so that you get repaid. Our heart has to be pure when we give, but let us know how God has repaid you to help build up our faith to believe for God to do the same for us.
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