Recently Hershey’s began running an ad based on the real-life activities of Bob Williams of Long Grove, Iowa. Bob gives away large Hershey’s bars to everyone he meets. Obeying Jesus and giving, can be as simple as a candy bar.
Do you find yourself tempted to think you don’t have any slack? Do you often feel behind or broke? Are all of your moments and dollars spoken for?
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.Mark 10:29-30 NASB
When We Obey Jesus
When we obey Jesus and use our wealth on this planet to lay up treasure in the next life, we receive rewards in this life and the next. Notice how we “will receive a hundred times as much now… and in the age to come, eternal life.” Notice too, that now we will receive all of the things He promises and persecutions.
When we give, we experience the joy and purpose of giving something meaningful to someone else. Most people know “it is better to give than to receive.” We all get it.
Dollars and Minutes
But when it comes down to dollars and minutes, we feel we have very little to spare. We can always save for something else. And how easy is it to believe we need something else?
Or we worry about giving away too much. Can we be irresponsible with our possessions? Sure. If we fail to obey Jesus, we can easily spend too much or squander too much.
Getting Past Excuses
But if we can get past our excuses, we experience something different. Jesus said even if we give as little as a cup of cold water, we will not lose our reward (Matthew 10:42). Somehow the joy and blessing of giving a gift will also be something that produces a reward for us in eternity.
When we go to work expecting to give, planning to give, even excited to give, our attitude becomes noticeable. Some studies say 70% or more of the American workforce is disengaged in their work. Many people try to get their job done so they can get away from work. We rarely thank God for Tuesday afternoon.
When we give and obey Jesus, we join Him. We take part in the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering (Phil 3:10). Work can’t take our time and money because we prepared beforehand to give it. Come to work prepared to give and watch how your attitude changes. Arrive early, look out for others, exceed expectations, and watch Jesus go to work.
So, what can you give away? Could you become the candy-person at your place of work? Or maybe it’s something else? Mr. Williams creates excitement because of his generosity. What is Jesus asking you to give away? How can you obey Jesus today?
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