March 26, 2018

Bless The Mall

By: Richard Lawton [Adelaide, South Australia]

I often sit in the café of the local mall, drinking coffee and watching people bustling to and from stores with their parcels.

Day in and day out, thousands of people are shopping. Sometimes I shop there too, but I’m usually too stingy to shop unless I really need something.

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way.
2 Corinthians 9:11a (CEB)

Some of us are stingy and some extravagant. I could argue that when I am extravagant I’m giving work to manufacturers, to drivers bringing in supplies, to store workers, to raw-material suppliers. I could also argue that when I am extravagant, I’m spending money that could be used to serve people who are sick without access to healthcare, disabled, persecuted—the list goes on.

I’d rather give than spend money on things I don’t really need. Giving seems more in line with Jesus’ teachings about God’s kingdom: “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” (Matthew 25:35a, NIV). I think it also leads to a more radical, satisfying life than simply going along with the crowd. What do you think?

GIVE BACK: One person’s extravagance could be another’s stinginess. For some, coffee in a café would be extravagance. What extravagance could you forgo this week? Donate the money you save to your favorite charity to help others.

Think About It

When the returning prodigal son came within sight of home, he saw something astonishing: his father, running down the road, with arms open to greet him (Luke 15:20). Who has shown you astonishing generosity? How did you react? How has this person’s extravagant love inspired you?


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