My wife will fast forward through a movie she thinks might be boring, and sure enough, the credits role and she’ll say, “blah, not much of a story.”
But it’s the part just before THE END that might move you to tears, or joy, or belief. And everything leading up to that part is what gives the story it’s impact.
Israel had escaped Egypt, done 40 years in the wilderness, and taken possession of the land that flows with milk and honey. God’s promise of an abundant life had finally come true; but there was one more climactical event before everybody could live happily ever after, and here’s what makes the story a life-changer:
The Levites asked for a meeting with Eleazar and Joshua; “The Lord commanded through Moses to give us cities to dwell in and their common lands for our livestock.” The Levites weren’t farmers, builders or business men, they were the spiritual ministers of the nation. They needed a place to live and a place to keep a milk cow and a few sheep. Should we share what’s ours with them? Either they are parasites or they are God’s plan for the prosperity of His people.
The Levites had no inheritance of land because God wanted the other 11 tribes to give them some from their inheritance… they were given 48 cities and the land around them. Move over and make room for the Levites!
The final step to receiving God’s promise is to activate generosity. Giving some of your inheritance to those who have none, giving to the poor, the stranger, the foreigner, and the minister of the gospel. Generosity is not natural or logical, but it is the ultimate virtue of a successful person, family, church, or business.
Want to succeed? You know what to do.
Don’t just say, “Bless you” and walk by. Pick up the tab, don’t hold back, go the second mile, forgive your debtors, give to the poor, the orphans and the widows. And give of what’s rightfully yours to the Levites who minister on your behalf.
Generosity is the key to a successful ending!
Disclaimer: Giving something you shouldn’t be giving is not generosity, it’s compulsion – don’t do it. There is seed to sow and there is bread to eat and a generous heart is able to discern which is which.