Who did you think about when you read today’s question? Perhaps a famous person like Bill Gates, or Oprah Winfrey; or a relative, like your mother or father, or spouse or child; or friend or acquaintance or co-worker; or you might be so bold as to say yourself. The possibilities are endless! On a scale of 1 – 10 (with 10 being the highest), how would you rate yourself on a generosity scale? From time to time, my husband tests the generosity of two of my grandsons, Christian and Nicholas. Whenever he asked for a piece of their cookie, Christian always extends his hand with a portion of his treat. Nicholas, on the other hand, hides his cookie and turns away from Pop-Pop. Nick has many fine qualities, but he needs help in the generosity category. What about you?
God desires that we all be generous. As a person who rose from cupbearer (taster for the king) to governor in Judah, Nehemiah demonstrated uncommon generosity for someone in power.
What definition of “generous” did you have in mind? Was it time, finances, knowledge, food, other goods or compliments? Or something else? The Oxford Dictionary defines “generosity” as “showing a readiness to give more of something, especially money, than is strictly necessary or expected.”
Before Nehemiah, former governors had taken advantage of the people. They levied heavy taxes and took resources like food and drink from them. In Nehemiah 5:14 – 19, we discover that God’s man could have done the same, but he remembered he was accountable to God. Nehemiah remembered his job–to rebuild the ruined walls of Jerusalem. He did not allow promotion to cloud his vision or “give him a big head.”
We have been bought with a price. We are not our own. We have been called to reveal the One, True God. We are strategically placed to allow God to show His glory. Let us remember whose we are and be known as people of “generosity.” Let us not be stumbling blocks to others but imitators of Christ, with His help.
Memory Verse: 1 Cor. 6:20- “For you were bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
WEEK TEN ASSIGNMENT: USING THE GROW METHOD (G- GOD 1st; R- Read the passage; O-Observe key words and phrases; W- Write your thoughts), EXAMINE NEHEMIAH 6: 1-9.
1. What was the enemy’s next tactic?
2. How did Nehemiah handle the attack?
Until next week, happy studying as we grow together!