a logical miracle

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” (Proverbs 11:24-25, MSG)

Today’s verses are some of my absolute favorites in regards to generosity. They point to the inverted nature of God’s Kingdom. In our consumer-driven culture, we think about getting more and more, where God wants us to focus on giving more and more. If we are always focused on getting, we miss out on the greater glory of giving. It might seem like a contradiction that you get more out of life by giving, but such is the beauty of God’s plan. Jesus taught this, too, when He said, “If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me” (Matthew 10:39, MSG).

The late, legendary actor and director Leonard Nimoy — made famous by playing Spock on Star Trek — shared a marvelous quote: “The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have.” He understood that what might seem like a contradiction in terms is actually the confirmation of God’s glorious power. We experience more life by giving it away; not in vain, however, but in gracious generosity. Whereas Spock might deem this concept illogical, it is truth beyond logic. It is miraculous.

Will you let God work miracles through you today? Share the life He gave you to help others experience the bounty of eternity. When you do, you’ll find Him right there in the middle of it, and a life you could have never imaged!

Prayer: Dear Lord, I come before you humbled by the apparent contradictions in life. Forgive me for the times I tend toward stinginess, because I know you have abundant blessings in store for me. Though it may defy worldly logic, I want to give me life away for you, and find glory I could never imagine on my own. I pray this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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