22 May 2014

Eyes Marked by Generosity

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Proverbs 22:9
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

I loved this verse! There are so many opportunities to meet needs all around us. Maybe it's a stranger in front of you at the check-out line or maybe it's your best friend. You can be used in His plan to meet a simple need. What may be insignificant to me, God sees as a key part in His plan. 

Bountiful eyes see in the peripheral. With the help of wisdom, they see a broken heart. A spirit heavied by depression. Tears of a wounded friendship. Hurt from a divided home life. It is seeing that there is a need and working to meet that need with the help of God. A bountiful eye isn't selfish. Our motives behind our generosity should bring glory to God, not ourselves. Building strong foundations starts with compassion and compassion starts with caring for the needs of others. You never know whose life you may touch. 

Matthew 25:34-40
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Be available and sincere to the needs of others and see the blessings of your generosity.

I desire to have eyes of Jesus, bountiful eyes, for those around me. Lord, give me discernment for those hurting and speak through me. I want to be a vessel that you can work through.

Hebrews 13:2
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 

This post is a link up with Kristin Schmucker for the 31 Day Scripture Challenge.


  1. Wow. How encouraging! Thank you so much for this post! It's so easy to do stuff for others and do it for selfish reason, instead of doing it to bring glory to God. It just shows how sinful we are by nature. I know personally I find myself caring more about my problems than others around me, and I have to really focus on being Christ in someone's life and showig them the love that Christ shows me. Thank you for the encouragement and conviction that I received through this blog post.

  2. I've been strongly contemplating generosity and what it should look like in my life lately--it is such a key part of the Christian walk!