Generosity Challenge: Day 4

Hello, everyone!

Today marks Day 4 and the half-way point for the Generosity Challenge. So exciting!

I do not know about you, but I have absolutely loved immersing myself in these Scriptures and redirecting the way I think about money and its uses.

Today’s Scripture is in 2 Kings 4:8-17. It is a good chunk compared to some of the other ones, but SO good! So settle down for just a bit and take this in!

“One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat.

She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”

One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there. He said to his servant Gehazi, “Call the Shunammite.” So he called her, and she stood before him. Elisha said to him, “Tell her, ‘You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?’”

She replied, “I have a home among my own people.” “What can be done for her?” Elisha asked.

Gehazi said, “She has no son, and her husband is old.”

Then Elisha said, “Call her.” So he called her, and she stood in the doorway. ”About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.”

“No, my lord!” she objected. “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!”

But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.”

When reading this, I immediately think about the importance of this meeting. This woman was meeting a man of God –someone whom she greatly respected. How often do we think about ways to bless those we highly respect instead of just learning from them and then moving on? I know I have done that often enough.

This is not the same as the Mary and Martha story in the New Testament. In this case, this woman knew of Elisha’s reputation as a man of God first. She wanted to serve him in gratitude, not out of pride. So, if you had any confusion about that, I hope that clears it for you. :-)

The absolute best part of this story is that this woman wanted to serve by offering her home and a meal WITHOUT EXPECTATION. She did not make him sit down and teach her. She did not want money. She asked for absolutely nothing. And then! Yes! She does more! She and her husband choose to build a better resting place for him! I don’t know about you, but that blows me away.

The gifts offered throughout this whole passage came out of a pure desire to bless. Nothing else motivated that family. No other strings were attached.

How often can we say that about our generosity? Consider that.

Secondly, notice that they were never asked to give. They had no obligation to do so. They acted on their own. We have the prompting us to give today, but even then, it is a choice. We have to make the step from praying about it, considering it, to actually making it happen NOW.

Here is the Challenge

It is time for action. You know me. I am absolutely repulsed when people (myself included) have access to taking action, know the truth, and/or feel the tugging to make a change and yet they do not. There is no reason for that at all. We have been given all the tools we need to make the change. The last couple of days on this Generosity Challenge have been working to help you focus on where God is prompting you to give. It is time now.

- Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19

- Pray deeply about what action steps you need to take now to start living with open hands.

Whether it is purchasing a gift, making a meal, paying for a family member’s medical bill, a friend’s student loan, it does not matter. Go for it now! You will thank yourself and praise God later for it!

I understand that you may literally not have the funds in your bank account now. However, if God is placing it on your heart, He will make it happen in His time. It is your job to prepare. Start setting aside the funds if you don’t have all of it now. Take the leap!

You are loved! I am so proud of you for being here, for working through this, for listening to the Holy Spirit. Because of Christ, we can do this! Start this change toward generosity in your life!