It was that time again in church - the part of the service where we are expected to give after hopefully getting something out of the sermon.
“Give what you have purposed in your heart to give,” reminded the deacon in his weekly recital of 2 Corinthians 9:7.
Today, after a week of paying bills, I made a purpose to give $2.
As the collection plate came around, I purposefully put my $2 into it.
However, God Had another purpose. After the sermon, He Continued To Teach me a lesson about giving.
Immediately after I put in my two bucks, my pre-schooler decided to add her two cents, by dipping her hand into my still open purse. She pulled out the first bill she saw out of her sudden “handbag,” and put it into the collection plate as well.
She looked at me happy that she was able to participate in the service, and proud that she remembered to share.
I looked at the collection plate resisting the urge to swipe it back.
That is because the first bill she saw was a $20 bill – ten times more than my original purpose.
My pre-schooler didn’t yet know the difference between monetary denominations, but regardless of my religious denomination, I was still expected to give.
I am aware of the controversy on the church’s position and teachings on giving and its accusations of “fleecing the sheep.”
Despite the arguments for and against, you can’t argue with God’s Word.
`And to everyone who is asking of thee, be giving; and from him who is taking away thy goods, be not asking again’ Luke 6:30.
So glad I didn’t dip my hand back into the collection plate.
We worship a God Who Tells us to give to even our enemies to fulfill God’s True Purpose.
`Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed, and shaken, and running over, they shall give into your bosom; for with that measure with which ye measure, it shall be measured to you again.' Luke 6:38
I left church with my purse a little lighter, but my heart a lot fuller, because I was happy and proud too.