[CF Devotionals] 2010-10-24 - How can we Give?

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 49
Eighth Commandment, Part 5

What are some of the ways you can think of that we can give, instead of taking?

Some things that come to mind, in direct relation to what we can give, have already been touched on. We can be good employees, giving adequate labor for our compensation. We should not only do what is expected of us, but be willing to go out of our way to make sure, if anything, that we give more than what is necessary. To do this may necessitate remembering that the one whom we work for is the Lord, not our employer. When we give of ourselves sacrificially, we are giving to God. It would make people easier to deal with, if we could remember this.

This too is an application of what the Lord said in Matthew 25:40.

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me'"

Granted, this approach to life is totally contrary to the world view. Living this way may or may not make us popular. The boss will probably love us, but our follow workers, not necessarily. Those who want to get by with a minimum of work don't want anyone around, who shows them up. The may think we are "kissing up" to the boss. But on the other hand, acting responsibly sometimes gives the opportunity to talk about the One for whom we really work.

The focus of our lives should become, not how much we can get out of life, but how much we can give. This giving may be time, money, ourselves. It can be difficult to balance this with the desire to protect ourselves from being taken advantage of.

This may bring up some concerns that seem threatening. Do you have questions or are there any concerns to be expressed? Can you think of any other practical ways we can give to those around us instead of taking?

To be continued.

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