Bible Lesson - Giving

A Bible lesson about giving can be learned from a hummingbird. Acts 20:35, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

I love to watch hummingbirds; they are so beautiful and amazing! They also are very special because God used them in a special way in my life during the time of losing my mother to cancer.

They are beautiful to watch, but their actions towards each other are anything but beautiful. Have you ever seen them fight? Around our feeder, there are usually about three, and they certainly do NOT know how to share. They are selfish little creatures!

Even today one was sitting on a nearby limb "guarding" the feeder. As soon as another came to drink, it swooped down and attacked, chasing the other away from "its" food.

Now, of course, this is part of their nature to survive, but it reminded me afresh that it is definitely not be our nature as followers of Christ.

Are we ever like a hummingbird - busy flitting around beautiful on the outside, but only concerned with what we have and can achieve for ourselves?

Are we in the mindset of "me,me,me" and "mine,mine,mine" or do we follow the "J.O.Y." principle for priorities in our life - Jesus first, others next, yourself last.

I know I need to be reminded of this often, and was so thankful for this everyday Bible lesson God brought into my day! :)

Acts 20:35 "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."

© Copyright 2008 Susan Smart

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