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Devotional – May 15: Giving Freely

Read Proverbs 11

 Key Verse: “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” Proverbs 11:24

Hector Montoya, a 9 year-old boy, was saving his money to buy play station 4 when he saw a sad story on the news. A mom and her son died from a house fire because they did not have a smoke detector. Hector decided to spend his money on smoke detectors for people in his neighborhood. The local fire department helped Hector install the new units and showed him how to use power tools too.

Over 100 smoke detectors have been installed! Two teenagers heard about this story and bought a play station 4 for Hector. Hector continues to save his money to help more families.

Because Hector was generous and chose the more important cause, he was rewarded for his kindness. If Hector would have only been thinking about himself, he would have missed out on an incredible opportunity. This simple story helps us evaluate our approach to money and relationships. God’s economy is different than the world’s system. A me-first attitude in life leads to poverty in many aspects of our existence, but a rich life includes going the extra mile for people.


Jesse Bradley

Jesse Bradley is the Senior Pastor of Sebastopol Christian Church. He and his wife Laurie have three children. Jesse played professional soccer in Zimbabwe, Africa and Scotland as a goalkeeper, and graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Psychology as well as earning a Masters Degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He wrote two books including Rooted in Grace, and A New Season. His many passions include leader development, and helping people find Jesus while incorporating their faith into everyday life.www.activatelife.org 

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