Have you ever met someone who is truly generous? You know the person who pays for the meal and never reminds you of it? Isn’t our heavenly Father just like that. When we first start walking with Him, He provides all of our needs and gives to us over and over. As we grow in the Lord, our desire to give increases. We begin to truly experience that it is more blessed to give than receive.
This short parable speaks of the discovery of a treasure that prompts a radical response. In order to obtain this treasure, the man must sell everything. Note what motivates the man in the story to sell all he has and acquire the treasure. It is joy. Participating in the work of the kingdom of Jesus Christ brings great joy.
It is clear, from this verse, that money isn’t evil but the love of money is. There is nothing wrong with earning money, spending money or saving money. Pursuing money and loving money can put us on a slippery slope.
It can be a road that does not lead to God. It can hamper our pursuit of Him.
Do we pursue God with the same energy that we pursue money?
Here Paul speaks of giving money to the Lord. In the Greek language, it is speaking of a predetermined, premeditated plan of action in our giving. Our attitude is important. We should be cheerful, hilarious givers. Giving with great joy because of what God has given to us. God blesses us not so we can indulge but so that we can be generous to others.
Paul understood this truth. Though he had accomplished much in his life, he counted it all as loss in light of what Jesus did for him. As you walk through this day, do you want to lean on your own strength or lean on the Jesus and find great fulfillment?