For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”
1 Timothy 5:18 (NIV)
Each year, the Canadian Red Cross in Manitoba presents the prestigious Young Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Humanitarian of the Year Award to two deserving individuals at the Red Cross Power of Humanity Luncheon in Winnipeg. The Red Cross Humanitarian Awards have been taking place in Manitoba since 2011. These awards have three objectives: “To document and officially recognize the spirit of humanity in Manitoba; to draw public attention to the full scope of humanitarian activity; and to inspire individuals to pursue humanitarian goals.”
Through Jesus Christ we can come into relationship with a God who is by nature generous. He told the people of Israel that His name is Yahweh Yireh, the God who provides and He made sure that His people didn’t miss a meal during their 40 years in the wilderness. He has provided eternal life as a gift through Jesus’ death and resurrection. And James tells us that every good and perfect gift comes down from above. So, it shouldn’t surprise us that God calls us to be generous to all others He brings our way. We are called to be generous in our forgiveness and generous in our business dealings. Paul writes this in 1 Timothy 5:18: “For Scripture says, ‘Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,’ and ‘The worker deserves his wages.’” If you have a business and you are responsible for paying for employees, God calls you to be generous. In every way, the follower of Jesus is to represent Jesus, who is more than generous. Take time today to examine your heart and life, and determine how you can be more like Jesus in your generosity.
These have been words from the heart.