The following thoughts appeared on David Jeremiah's TURNING POINT online devotional today. Something to think about:
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. - 2 Corinthians 9:7
A Sunday school teacher asked her eight eager ten-year-olds if they would give $1,000,000 to the missionaries. "YES!" they all screamed. "Would you give $1,000?" Again they shouted, "YES!" "How about $100?" "Oh, YES, we would!" they all agreed. "Would you give just a dollar to the missionaries?" she asked. The boys exclaimed "YES!" just as before, except for Johnnie. "Johnnie," the teacher said as she noticed the boy clutching his pocket, "why didn't you say ‘YES' this time?" "Well," he stammered, "I HAVE a dollar." *
Sometimes it is easier to think about what we would give away if we had it rather than parting with whatever it is we possess. God doesn't ask us to give only if we have money or particular abilities; He asks us to give whatever we have with a willing heart.
If you feel you don't have enough time to serve God, money to support God's work, or talent to glorify God, ask Him to reveal to you what unique gift you can give because we all have something to share; and whatever you give, give it with joy.
Whatsoever I thankfully receive as a token of God's love to me, I part with contentedly as a token of my love to Him.- Theophilus Gale