An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Be a Giver

(Proverbs 21:26 KJV)  He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

One of the great quotes in political history comes from John F. Kennedy. 
“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
That is an approach to this verse.  Kennedy was making a political speech so he is focusing on the country.  Solomon is talking about righteousness and all of society.  Some people are takers.  You know them.  They want, they demand, they take.  If they don’t get, they complain.  What they will not do is produce and give.  You see them every day.

Our calling is to never join them.  If you want to walk with Jesus, if you want to be “righteous” (6662), then you will develop the attitude of giving, not taking.  It starts in little ways like opening a door for someone else, giving a weaker person your seat or just listening.  Giving can also involve money and hard work.

So?  Do you want to be a sluggard or righteous?  Dumb question.  Now try to show the answer today. 


Gorges Smythe said...

I always heard that he stole that quote from Kahlil Gibran, who ih turn stole it from one of the Greek philosophers. I don't know if that's true or not, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Pumice said...

It would not surprise me. Since most politicians have writers I am sure he did not know either.

Grace and peace.