Spend and be Spent

Africa causes one to take a good look at their spending habits.

Everyone is spending. At this moment, all across this globe effort is being exerted, knowledge is being invested, talents compounded (or buried). Money is changing hands and likely slipping through the cracks. All are spending.

All of this takes place as men and women everywhere spend humanity’s most precious commodity at an equal and steady pace; TIME. Like a single file row of soldiers marching over a cliff to their demise, time marches on as seconds slip over the edge never to return again.

How are your spending habits?

Isaiah 58:10 says, “And [if] thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness [be] as the noonday:” One translation says, “If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry…” We live in a world of great hunger, both physical and spiritual hunger. Of course, the physical hunger is evident, it is visible. Spiritual hunger is not always so easy to see. I wonder what it would do to us if we could get just a glimpse of the spiritual hunger in our world. How am I being spent to help solve the famine?

Paul takes it a step further in 2 Corinthians 12:15 he says, “I will gladly spend and be spent…” It is most interesting that Paul distinguishes between the two. When you spend, you choose what you will purchase and how much you will spend. When you are spent, you become the traded commodity; you have no choice in the matter. That which is spent is submitted to the spender.

Is it your heart’s desire to reach a hungry world? Can you say with Paul, “I will gladly spend and be spent.”

What are your spending habits? How will you be spent?

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