SUMMARY: Give generously
OVERVIEW: Moses describes the Sabbath Year as a time when the Israelites are to cancel their debts and offer freedom to all.
BIG IDEA: Give generously, without a grudging heart.
KEY VERSE: Deuteronomy 15:11 (Moses to Israel)
There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
There is a blessing in generosity. You may be blessed financially, emotionally, relationally, or spiritually—sometimes in all of those ways. I will not always bless you in the way you want or hope, but I will bless you. Focus on giving with a glad and generous heart, and I will take care of what you receive. Let your motive to give be love for me and those you see. Give with a sense of hope and expectation that I will move in a person’s life or a community. Give with wide eyes, excited to see how I will respond.
I want you to give with an open hand. I want you to learn that discipline because when you do, then I can refill your hand. I can’t do that when your clench your fist. Don’t give reluctantly or as a way to win my love or favor from others. Give because you love me and because I love others.
Carry some extra money in your pocket to give to those in need.