Devotion: The world’s leading philanthropist is our friend

Devotion: The world’s leading philanthropist is our friend

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions. . . . But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:3-5).

Warren Buffett, one of the world’s leading philanthropists, has given away $37 billion since 2006. That’s quite a sum. But if you divided that $37 billion among the 7 billion people alive today, each person would receive a little over $5. Don’t spend it all in one place.

The objects of God’s love and mercy

Buffett’s generosity is indisputable, and he has pledged to give away billions more. His money supports noble causes, like fighting cancer, ending hunger, and providing clean water. However, as charitable as Buffett is, he can’t compare to the world’s leading philanthropist: God. God supports causes that others won’t touch—lost causes like you and me. When we were foolish and disobedient, that’s when the love—literally “philanthropy”—of God appeared to save us.

But this message offends people. “Who are you calling a charity case? I don’t need God’s mercy.” Even we Christians can reflect this thankless attitude. When that part of the sermon arrives where the pastor speaks about sin, we find ourselves thinking, Yeah, I’m a sinner. I get it. Just pronounce my sentence and finish already. There’s a sale on at Kohl’s!

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Author: Daniel Habben
Volume 10, Number 1
Issue: January 2021

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