The definition of a moocher is someone who tries to obtain things by begging or someone who borrows things without intending to return or repay it. They would be thought of as a selfish person only thinking about themselves and how they can get something. So now that we have defined what a moocher is I’m sure you all can attest to knowing a person like this. Maybe the person is a family member or someone close to you. Maybe it is a coworker or an associate. You may be thinking right now that you have experienced this with someone.
How does it feel when someone tries to mooch off of you? You may experience feeling anger or frustration. You may just want to cut that person off! Now my next question is are you a moocher? I know you may be saying in your head, “Absolutely not!’, but just keep reading. Think about some of the prayers you pray to God. Is the majority of your prayer asking him to do things for you such as give you material things, fix this problem or that problem? You may be thinking that is what God is there for. I’m His child and He is going to take care of me! This is true, but what about asking God for something that will benefit Him? Have you asked God to give you something so that you can help others? A lot of times our prayers are so selfish. It is all about you and what you need God to do for you. I am guilty of this myself. I was in church this past Sunday and the sermon came from 2 Chronicles 1:6-12. In this text King Solomon was giving sacrifices to God and the Lord came to him and asked him what he wanted. Now a true moocher would have had a list ready to give to The Lord! Instead of being selfish, Solomon said this,
Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
His prayer was not asking God to give him material things. He wanted God to give him wisdom and knowledge so he could lead God’s people the right way. I think that had to be a tempting situation because God told him to ask for whatever he wanted. Knowledge and wisdom was all he asked for and it was to help others. But because that was the only thing he asked for God decided to give it to him and so much more. The word tells us that God told Solomon,
God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”
Because he prayed an unselfish prayer and not a moocher’s prayer he was given what he asked for and more! The same way we don’t like to be used, God wants to know that we are authentic and understand that this is not a one sided relationship.
Thank You for Your unconditional love. Thank You for being patient with me and giving me understanding of Your word. Lord, remove the moocher spirit in me and help me to be unselfish in my prayers to You. Help me understand that when I think of how I can be pleasing to You I will be blessed beyond measure! Thank You for this second chance to be a better servant for you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to let that moocher spirit go! Stop thinking about yourself and think about what would be pleasing to God! How can you help to build God’s kingdom on earth today? Remember our life is not our own. We are living for God!
Misha White currently resides in Huntsville, AL and is a recent graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology. She aspires to serve women to achieve the best spiritual and physical health possible using the Word of God, regular exercise, and healthy eating habits. She is a loving friend, sister, daughter, and soon to be wife to the wonderful Christopher Berry. One of her favorite scriptures is John 16:33 (NIV), “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”