Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 15:7, 11
Gorge S. Classon is among the very many writers who have written books on fast, but honest ways of making money. One of them, a bestselling book, is the Richest Man in Babylon. In the work was a man named Arkad, the richest man in Babylon. He was a good man, very generous and selfless. But, some of the people of Babylon were disturbed and thus, asked why Arkad whom they grew up with, played with, ate with and so on, would suddenly become richer and more influential than them. They decided to find out the secrets of riches from the richest man in Babylon, Arkad , a selfless fellow. Even the King too took advantage of that to find out Arkad’s secrets. But, while Arkad explained his secrets to the first group, he requested the king to assemble a relatively larger number this time around. And so, about a hundred men were assembled. Arkad then taught them the secrets of success and how to lay hold of wealth for seven consecutive days. Many learnt what was taught and became wealthy. Why did he do such a thing? To ensure the rise of more successful people who will become as wealthy as he was. Did he exhibit an uncommon selflessness? Yes, he did. Most of the individuals we have today lack the spirit to graciously help. And this kind of people seldom reveal success secrets to others on account of fear of being overridden or superseded in terms of proficiency or popularity. So, they prefer to continue giving a little than teach others to learn how to get theirs and give others in turn. Giving is good, but Henry Ford explained it well when he said, “Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.” Benjamin Disraeli complements Henry in these words, “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own”.
Today, the Holy Spirit encourages every user of Daily Strength to lend helping hands to as many as are in need. Hear this: “I was so elated and thankful to God for one of the DSD Charity groups at ARAGBA, a small community in Delta State. The DSD Team was in that community for our Charity program and the leader of that Charity Group told us how they have been caring for a very old and sickly widow who was not even a Catholic. It was very heartwarming and great in the sight of God. The benefits of selfless giving cannot be underestimated. ‘No man is an Island,’ says John Donne. Hence, we’ve got to help others.
One may help the poor by giving generously. Such elates God. The Scripture says, “Anyone who gives to the poor lends to God.” God does not play with the poor. That is why most of the world’s most celebrated billionaires are gracious givers, due to the fact that when you give cheerfully, your reward is sure. Hence, God said this to those who give: “You shall surely give to him and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.” Vs 10.
“What do we live for,” says George Eliot, “if not to make life less difficult for others.” God bless you.
MASS: WHITE/RED Acts 15:7-21; Ps 96; 1-2a.2b-3.10 (R.3); Accl. Jn 10:27; Jn 15:9-11 ST. JOHN I, POPE, M. (Opt Mem)
1. Open the eyes of my understanding dear Lord that I may behold the truth in Your Word today.
2. By the power of Your spoken Word Lord, I receive grace to be a partaker of the divine abundance.
3. Use me as a vessel of honor to reach the lives of other people through the DSD Charity group in Jesus Name.
4. Heavenly Father, as I step into the covenant of abundance today, I break every power of lack and scarcity in my life in Jesus name. Amen.
Exercise: Form a vibrant DSD Charity Group this week and through that lend helping hands to every needy person. (The group can be made up of a minimum of two persons, maximum of ten).
Meditation: Deut. 15:10