Are You an Armani Dresser?
from Called to Conquer by Bishop Eddie Long
Saturday, September 10
Are You an Armani Dresser but a Bargain-Basement Giver?
Today’s Scripture Reading: : 2 Corinthians 9:5–11
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:6
This I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
It is easy to discern whom you really love. All you have to do is look at where you put your money and time. (You are right—this devotional might get a little rough for a while.)
Think about it: do you spend more money on your clothes than you give to God? Do you dress with Armani style but give to God bargain-basement style? If you do, then you love yourself more than you love God. In reality, you are your own Jehovah-Jireh (“the God who provides”). We may not like it, but we cannot hide the truth. It is plain for everyone to see.
It gets worse when we teach our children to grow up the same way. Despite our best efforts, our children—the next generation—will copy what we do more than what we say. If we live extravagantly but save poorly, our children will tend to take things one step further in their adult years. They will ultimately ditch the giving part altogether and bring a greater curse upon themselves and later generations.
God has a plan to make men and nations operate more effectively and efficiently. It is rooted in the law of sowing and reaping. It requires us to see beyond the now and anticipate what must be done for the generations to come. This is the very heart of kingdom living.
God planned for His Son to invade our world and lay down His life even before He created the earth—He made provision for us before we ever existed. What are you passing on to your children and your children’s children? Are you teaching them how to be blessed so they can be a blessing, or are you teaching them how to live and acquire goods to live selfishly in this life, while making no provision for the generations to come? Consider your ways and make provision for tomorrow’s generation in the kingdom.
Holy Father, I repent for my nearsighted ways in the area of giving and sowing seeds for tomorrow. In Jesus’ name, I will be a bountiful and joyful giver. In Your grace, I will teach my children by example how to give bountifully and reap joyfully while sowing precious seed into Your kingdom. Amen.