Proverbs 3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due– when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
I have always equated this verse to be talking about money…
It’s funny– not haha funny but an odd kind of funny.
What I mean is that we are so narrow in our thinking at times that we fail to see things from a broader perspective.
Take this verse for instance… As I previously stated that I have always equated this verse to be talking about money when it admonishes us to “give to them to whom it is due.”
However it can be talking about money, Yet there are many other ways in which we can give.
Most of us are familiar with the three Ts… Time, Talent and Treasure at least those of us who are in the church that is.
And yet it always comes back to money…we are so preoccupied with money it’s ridiculous. Now if you are one that has been delivered from the bondage of this sickness. My hat’s off to you.
So now I understand that when God tells us to not withhold good from them to whom it is due, there are many ways that we can withhold that which is good.
Let’s look at a few ways that we can give to those that have a need that doesn’t necessarily have to be in a monetary sense.
Time is a really valuable commodity…I hope you don’t mind me calling it that.
Time is something that we all have a tendency to take for granted, and unlike many things that we can possess– once a certain time has passed it can never be repeated.
The Word of God tells us to redeem the time–Ephesians 5:16-– and we all could use a few lessons in what that really looks like.
So, what is that we can do to help others when it comes to “time.”
Keep in mind that the verse says that we should not withhold good when it’s in our power to do a thing.
So, time is valuable and as I said once it’s gone you can never get it back.
Should we be selfish with the time that we have? The answer to that question is yes and no.
Yes in the sense that it should be used wisely and no in the sense that we shouldn’t be willing to give up our time to help someone else.
This time could be used in a number of different ways…
You could help a friend move from place to place. Let me pause here for a moment.
If you are anything like me, you probably hate moving with a passion. And yet there comes a time in all of our lives that thus dreadful chore must be done.
So, why not give a loved one or a friend a helping hand when it’s in your power to do so?
That’s just one way of giving of your time, and there are hundreds of ways that you can do so. I’m sure you get it.
And now you can take some time to use your Talents
Some people believe that we all are born with a certain talent. I guess that sounds good and I can’t say if that is true or not.
Here is one thing that I do know…and it is that God promises to give all of his children gifts from the Holy Spirit.
Yeah I know, gifts and talents are totally different. Nevertheless, they both should be used to help others and not just for our own selfish gain.
So think about what is it about yourself that you have to offer as a talent or a gift that can be used to enhance someone’s life?
For instance, you may be good at building things, you could be great in arts and crafts, you might be an excellent cook or you could be outstanding in a certain sport or profession.
All of these are things or should I say gifts and talents that can be used to help others in many ways.
Let’s just look at being good at a certain sport… Let’s say you’re good at golf.
Golf is a game that can be used to teach a lot of other things in life other than just teaching someone to become the next Tiger Woods.
I love the game of golf.
So, the next time that you’re off to play the next round of golf, shoot some hoops or bake your favorite cookies, how about taking the time to ask a neighbor or friend to join you.
In doing so…you may just find out that you have inside of yourself…
Hidden treasures you know not of.
Treasures don’t always have to be in the form of silver, gold or money as we have been programmed by our society to believe.
What I’m saying that if we really think about it our time and talent can also be considered as treasures.
But let me talk about some of the most obvious forms of material possessions that can be considered as treasures.
During the holiday season, people are more prone to recognizing that treasures come in many forms, shapes, and sizes.
Treasures can be in the form of clothes…new and second hand– you know the saying…
Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I have found this to be true in my life many times.
Sharing and giving of our treasures can be in the form of providing food for the homeless or for families that are going through a tough time.
This is only a small example of ways that we can do as God has commanded us in Proverbs 3:27.
Let’s read again together.
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
Simply put the next time that you or I have the opportunity to help someone, do it.