Are you a ‘Giver’?

He who is kind to the poor is lending to Adonai;
    and he will repay him for his good deed. Proverbs 19:17.

Do you have a ‘good eye’ or a ‘bad eye’? The Hebrew term for ‘good eye’, tov ayin, means that the person is generous in his/her giving to others in need. The opposite, ‘bad eye’ or ayin harah, means a person is stingy in giving to others. So, do you have a good or a bad eye? This is an important question, as we have been commanded to share what we have with others around us. Remember Adonai’s command, as stated in Luke 6:38 – Give, and you will receive gifts — the full measure, compacted, shaken together and overflowing, will be put right in your lap. For the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure back to you?

But what gifts do we receive from Adonai? As Rav Sha’ul, the Apostle Paul, shares with us, Adonai gives us many gifts, each individual to the person. Read carefully, his declaration, in 1 Corinthians 12:7 – 11 – Moreover, to each person is given the particular manifestation of the Spirit that will be for the common good. To one, through the Spirit, is given a word of wisdom; to another, a word of knowledge, in accordance with the same Spirit; to another, faith, by the same Spirit; and to another, gifts of healing, by the one Spirit; to another, the working of miracles; to another, prophecy; to another, the ability to judge between spirits; to another, the ability to speak in different kinds of tongues; and to yet another, the ability to interpret tongues. One and the same Spirit is at work in all these things, distributing to each person as he chooses.

Abba B’Shamayim, Heavenly Father, we humbly want to serve You. Open our eyes, open our hearts so that we can listen to You. We want to please You and glorify You by putting our spiritual gifts to the service of others and by sharing with ever greater joy all that You give us in abundance. B’Shem Adonai Yeshua, Mashichainu, In the Name of our Messiah, Lord Jesus. Amen.

By heartformessiah

Dr. Michael Wodlinger is a Messianic Jew, living in Quebec, Canada. He has been a university professor and a rabbi of a Messianic Fellowship.

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