167. Hoarding

“Have you ever known a hoarder?” Stan asked me one morning.

“No one comes to mind.  How about you?” I asked.

“I have an aunt,” said Stan, “who clearly falls into that category.”

“Her house if stuffed full of things she will never use, and she refuses to give or throw any of it away.”

“There’s lots of things that other people could use, but she won’t have anything to do with the idea of giving any of her stuff away.”

“That seems like a real shame,” I replied.

“Yes, and I know I cannot do anything about her other than to encourage her to be generous.”

“Generosity comes from a heart rightly related to God.”

“God does not want any of us to be hoarders of His provision, especially the truth of His provision of life with Him in eternity, as well as the life He intends for this side of eternity.”

“Hoarding the truth.  What a ridiculous thing to even contemplate,” Stan exclaimed. 

“My role is to be a conduit, passing through for the benefit of others what God has put into me.”

“How will anyone ever come to God and come to know Him as He wants if the truth of His provision is not shared?” Stan said more as a statement than a question.

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Freely you have received, freely give.  Matthew 10:8.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for your free provision of everything I have in this life, as well as all I can anticipate in eternity with you.  Please help me to not hoard the truth of you and your provision, but to pass it along to everyone you bring before me.  Lead and help me to follow in being only who and what you intend.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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