Giving Is Gaining

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Matthew 19:23-24

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

In scripture the “kingdom of heaven” is sometimes translated the “kingdom of God.” We are called to help build that Kingdom…the place God desires for us…here, now and always. Whenever we reach out to others in love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion…we are cooperating with God in bringing this kingdom into the present moment (“Thy kingdom come…on earth as it is in heaven”). Being rich is not a bad thing in itself. Rich people can do much good with their wealth. But wealth can entice people to immerse themselves in pleasures and ignore those in need…or perhaps to separate themselves from the poor and even be blind to their very existence. May you cultivate a servant’s heart so that if wealth comes your way…you will be generous to those in need. Give…and you will have inner riches beyond measure.

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4 Responses to Giving Is Gaining

  1. Bill, your words are always so well timed! While on retreat in preparation for my Sunday Service launch, I pondered the questions of poverty and celibacy. Both, I learned are part of my call, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, I was reminded of what you call “having a servant’s heart” and using the resources and blessings I am given in a responsible and generous way….not taking more than I really need and sharing the abundance that is left over. Celibacy too had a similar ring – for me it is about the very real call to intimate partnership in a mutually supportive and monogamous way – and in a way that reflects the beloved partnership taught by Christ. Thank you for so concisely stating what it has taken me 50 years to understand!

  2. Kelly Zooms says:

    Reblogged this on Hooked on Heaven and commented:
    I think his title says it all, and I agree, “Giving is Gaining.” Let us all be givers of God’s Light, God’s Truth, God’s Life, & God’s Way. Father, let us be Your hands and feet, and let us be Your mouthpiece in the darkness in Jesus’ name!
    Remain in Him, friends! Be blessed!
    Kelly

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