There once was a rich man with houses and lands,
A sports car, a boat, and two minivans,
And two sons who were his two greatest fans.
One day, the sons, namely Wild Man and Dave
Heard about Jesus who had come down to save.
For sinners like them, His life He gave,
Then after three days He rose from the grave.
Now Wild Man said, “I like my life as it is.”
But Dave said, “There’s got to be more to life than this.”
So, he trusted on Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Then he said, “When I grow up, I’ll help the poor.”
Much later it happened that their Papa, the Rich guy
Got a terminal illness and prepared to die.
He decided to divide all his houses and lands
His sports car, his boat, and his two minivans
Between his two sons, Dave and Wild Man.
Wild Man said to himself, “I want all for me!”
And he waited impatiently and greedily.
Dave said, “I just want what I need to live
And a little bit extra so I can give
To the poor and the needy who live round about.”
“I want it all,” said Wild Man beginning to pout.
Papa divided his things the way he wanted to
Even though Wild Man said, “Boohoo hoo hoo.
He fussed and he fumed and just couldn’t be happy,
And by his ungratefulness, he dishonored his pappy.
But Dave went about with a big, happy grin,
As he shared what he had with his neighbors and friends.
He made himself available 24/7
To tell them of Jesus’ love and the hope of heaven.
Would you rather be Dave or Wild Man? What does Scripture say concerning these attitudes?
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35b
“He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.” Proverbs 22:9
And in keeping with the harvest theme:
“6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
‘They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.’
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-12 NIV
As someone has said before, God pours His blessings into our open hands, not our closed fists.