Published January 12, 2010
A man was speaking about sharing. He asked the audience, "If you had a million dollars would you give half to the poor?"
The audience responded with a resounding "yes."
Then he asked, "If you had two houses, would you give one to the poor?" Again the crowd quickly responded that they would.
Then he asked a third question: "If you had two coats, would you give one to the poor?"
A man in the audience interrupted him saying, "But... we all have two coats."
Why is it so easy to tell God we will give if it is something we don't think we will ever have, but so difficult if it is something with which He has already blessed us?
How often do we look at what we have and see only what we don't have? How often do we compare our blessings with those of others, who have more?
Remember the Lord's story about the poor widow who put in a tiny offering at the temple after others who were rich cast in large amounts of money? He said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything all she had to live on" (Mark 12:43-44).
God doesn't celebrate what we give out of our abundance. He sees what we give when the amount we have left isn't great. He sees what we give when we look at the need and know we have to do something. He sees the compassion of our heart and promises to give us our daily bread. What more do we need?.
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