humility & generosity

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Obey the Lord, be humble, and you will get riches, honor, and a long life.” (Proverbs 22:4, GNT)

I heard an interview the other day with a physician who helps people battling addiction. The doctor referred to the battle with addiction like being trapped in a prison. Beyond treating the illness, he said recovering life and finding healing requires two keys: humility and generosity.

That struck me. It isn’t just a prescription for overcoming the disease of addiction, because it also helps in recovery from the disease of sin.

Humility requires you to realize that you are not God, and you need a Savior. When you confess this, and ask Jesus into your heart, He then fills you with His Holy Spirit and begins the renovation work of your heart. This blessing isn’t just for you, though; no, the blessing is to be shared with others imprisoned, too.  This is where generosity comes in.

Generosity means you openly and freely share your blessings with others. It is humbly recognizing that everything is God’s — including the glory of His saving love in Jesus — and you are called to give that knowledge to others.

As you read today’s verse from Proverbs 22:4, look at the Godly wisdom showing the connection between humility and generosity. See where God wants you to humble yourself, then generously share in the blessings He grants you with others for the salvation of your soul.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your amazing love. Forgive me for the times I get self sufficient and stingy. I humbly accept your offer of salvation, and want your help to generously share that good news with others. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.