Red Letter Challenge – Day 32

October 11 – Day 32

“Sell all that you possess and give to the poor.” – Mark 10:21

Yesterday we talked about tithing, but for some people giving a tithe is not really a sacrifice at all.  They believe that since they are tithing they are doing what God wants them to do.  I believe God asks us to give until it hurts, until it feels good.  The more you start giving the easier it gets.  It hurts to sacrifice at first, but if you keep giving and sacrificing, it begins to feel really good.

It is similar to exercising or working out.  If you haven’t worked out for a while and then all of a sudden go in and lift weights, you will be very sore, especially if you push yourself hard while you are there.  But you will realize it’s “good pain.”  Then you work out again and you feel less pain.  And then the next time, even less pain.  This pattern continues until you work out and experience no pain at all.

The same is true of giving.  To follow after God faithfully means following after Him with everything you have, including your money and your possessions.  He wants you to be a generous person.

Challenge:  Give sacrificially today.  Pray about where to give and how to give it.  Then act in faith.  

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

Today’s devotion came from the book, “Red Letter Challenge,” by Zach Zehnder, pages 190-193.