2015-08-09 - The Eighth Commandment
How Can We Give?
What are some of the ways you can think of that we can give instead of taking? We have already touched on some things that come to mind, in direct relations to what we can give. 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 we give more than what is necessary. To do this may necessitate remembering that the one for whom we work 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.
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
Granted, this approach to life is contrary to the world’s. Living this way may or may not make us popular. The boss will probably love us, but not necessarily our follow workers. Those who want to get by with a minimum of work, don’t want anyone around who shows them up. They may believe we’re “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, and/or ourselves. It can be difficult to balance this with the desire to protect ourselves from being taken advantage of.
To be Continued.
Pastor Geoff Kragen
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