I went fishing recently and for the first time ever I used leeches for bait.
Fifty plus years of fishing and finally I became a man: I touched a leech.
However, they were what the fish wanted for breakfast so they worked well.
I couldn’t help but think about leeches, comparing them to some people I’ve known through the years.
Which brought my thoughts to this scripture:
“A leech has twin daughters named “Gimme” and “Gimme more.” (Proverbs 30:15 MSG)
I wondered for a long time about the above verse, you know the part about the twin daughters. But after handling them all day I decided to do a little research. I discovered leeches have two mouths!
Which really made me think of some people.
Leeches. Takers. Sucking the very life out of the thing they attach themselves to. They don’t have anything to give. They hang around (and on) for one purpose. They want to take all they can and then, once they have their fill, fall off and go away.
Just the opposite of how we were created by God to act.
God is a giver, an extremely generous giver. And every child of God, every new creation in Christ, has that same generous spirit residing in their spirit. In fact, we must go against our new nature to be selfish and self centered.
How generous are you? Does God have your wallet as well as you heart? Does He have the last word on what you do with your life; how you use your time, treasure, and talents?
Can He whisper to your heart, “Give such and such to so and so”, and you promptly obey? Or does He have to pry each of your fingers away from your possessions before you’ll ever consider giving your stuff away?
Are you a taker or a giver?
Are you a leech?
“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” (Proverbs 11:24 – 11:25 MSG)
“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back – given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” (Luke 6:37 MSG)
Leeches are good for fish bait. But God has a much better life for those who are givers, and not takers.
“Generosity begets generosity…”
And stinginess leads to death.