How much you have in the bank does not determine the level of your generosity or wealth!

She lived in a very humble home, way out in the country, and my wife and I had gone out to pay her a visit. She had a serious, destructive, malignancy. Poverty was written all over her surroundings. We had just finished a wonderful, encouraging conversation, had read some Scripture together, and I was about to pray … she interrupted me… “Pastor, have you and Sister Sharon been praying for something?”
I thought for a moment and then responded, “Why yes, we have.” (We had been wanting to give our children piano lessons … but no piano. We wanted to get a piano, but really didn’t have the money. The used ones we had checked out had really been ‘junk’ so we just decided to wait and pray.
She replied, “Well, the Lord told me to give this to you!” as she shuffled off, fumbled around in an adjoining room, and returned with an envelope. We opened it, and in shock and devastation counted out hundreds of dollars!
When I got back to town, I immediately called her daughter who attended our church and told her what had happened… Her response? “Pastor, that’s just like Mom! She’s been saving up that money and God told her to do what she did! Accept her gift as God’s provision.” We were emotionally devastated with humility and gratitude!
I thought of that experience this morning as I read the following account in Scripture… The lesson? Some of the most generous people in the world are the poorest! Poor in worldly terms… wealthy in Spirit and character! There are still “widows” who “give more than anyone else” when they out of hearts of devotion and love give their “mites” to others (Luke 21:1-4)… Listen, how much you have in the bank does not determine the level of your generosity or wealth!
Here’s the biblical account that prompted this reflection…
“I want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part! For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints — and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us… But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace (the grace of generosity and giving) also.” (2 Corinthians 8:1–7 ESV)
So here I am again this morning, a choked up with tears, reliving a wonderful case study in Christ-like generosity. Oh God, I want to be a generous Christian!!

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