Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same…(Lk 3:11).
I really don’t like it when Jesus asks me to share things that are much too close to my heart. Silly things really. Temporal things that at the end of the day just don’t matter, but for some reason, I find comfort in holding them close.
I don’t really like that about myself and I’m working on letting go of all those things I hold too dear so I can better give of myself to Jesus and others. You see, we can never fully give what God has asked of us if we hold within our hearts the idols that have weaseled their way in and silenced our generosity.
Have you ever told God no or been like me and just put up a wall when the thought of sharing what you have comes into your mind? What I have disciplined myself to do to combat this is quiet myself before the Lord and really ask of Him what He actually wants. I recognize that I must put down my walls and come to Him with open hands.
We will take closes fist with us to the grave, but we will never hold the hand of others who need the love of God if we do not repent of our idols and come to God with open hands.
I hate that visual picture because I see how often I’ve come with closed fists instead of open hands. Only Jesus can soften our grasp. Truly, He is the giver of all good gifts. Everything belongs to Him. He has simply asked me to be a good steward of what He has entrusted unto me, ready to share it at a moment’s notice, trusting Him with the end result.
Lord, make me new. Change me from the inside out. Grow me up in you and capture my heart. I surrender those things I hold too close. God, I want to be immensely generous with them. Grow me in this, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.