Here is a great next step on how to achieve personal redemption—charity.
Does the process of personal redemption start with helping others? Sounds strange. Undoubtedly, kindness, charity and selflessness are vital ingredients in a person’s quest for spirituality, but is that the proper starting point? How about battling personal evil (step 2), purifying oneself through accepting the “yoke of heaven” (step 3), or humility and renewal (step 4)? Is it not more important to clean one’s own house before helping others?
Here is a thought that adds perspective:
One of the more common questions asked of a person is, “What do you do?” This question does not refer to the person’s hobbies, vacations or charity work; rather, it is designed to find out how the person makes a living. This is what a person does. A person goes to work every day, and endeavors to make a comfortable income. More often than not, this results in his becoming entirely immersed and absorbed in the pursuit for wealth, every fiber of his being involved in the rat race of life.
This is why the paycheck is so precious; after all, our very life’s blood goes into every penny we earn. When we take part of this and give it away to charity, we bring meaning and significance into our entire workweek. We are demonstrating that we are willing to give to God of our very essence.
Does the process of personal redemption start with helping others? The few coins which one puts into a charity box, or the check one writes to a charitable organization, have the ability to sanctify one’s entire being.
In this aspect, monetary charity is much greater than volunteering time to a charitable cause. Volunteering involves donating a certain amount of time to God, one’s fellow man, or both. When the hour or two conclude, one returns to a normal, self-absorbed daily schedule, and the kindness is now part of the past. Charity, however, elevates the entire labor which netted the earnings, and the entire individual who toiled—physically and mentally—for this livelihood.
In order to start the process of redemption, it is first necessary to make the major step of infusing the whole day with an aura of holiness. Only then can one successfully confront all the struggles and tribulations which he will certainly encounter on this challenging yet rewarding journey. Charity has the ability to suffuse the most mundane business meeting with holy purpose.
And let us bear in mind that one never loses by giving charity. In the words of the prophet Malachi (3:10):
“Bring all the tithes into the treasury so that there may be nourishment in My House. Test Me, if you will, with this, says the Lord of Hosts: [see] if I will not open for you the windows of the heavens and pour down for you blessing until there be no room to suffice for it.”
This was really interesting for me to think about. How about you? Now, jump over to our video on Pray.Fast.Give and find out what to do next!