This time of year I find myself focusing on the resurrection of our Lord as we all do during the Easter Season. The churches in our community have been celebrating Holy Week this week. It is the time where different churches have at short service focusing on the Resurrection then serve lunch. Today, it was at the church where I work as church secretary. I was able to help the pastor’s wife set out the meal and fellowship with the many friends that were there.
There has to be something in setting out food for a hungry crowd that puts me in the giving mood. I love to watch their faces as they pass by the table and all the smiles are a nice treat. I have been thinking about the great lengths at which Christ chose to give of himself. It overwhelms me with gratitude and thanksgiving. He gives so much to us daily. The Bible says in Psalms that “he daily loadeth us with benefits.” He doesn’t just give till I have some benefit, but overloads me till I can’t possibly handle any more. He over-overloads me. It begins to pile up because he doesn’t just do it today. He does it every day.
The gifts he gives to me humbles me because I am supposed to be more like him. I find I do not give to others the way he gives to me. Why do we stop ourselves when we know we need to give more than we do?
I met a beautiful example of love in action the other day. A dear lady in the church here saw that someone that had recently become a member of the church did not have a Bible. She told me God spoke to her heart and said, “Give her your Bible.” Without hesitation this dear lady scooted down the pew and whispered to her, “I want you to have my Bible.” The dear lady told me that she wouldn’t take anything for the look on the lady’s face and the joy she felt in her heart that she had done what God wanted her to do. The generous spirit she showed spoke to me. I want to give to others like this without hesitation and with a cheerful spirit. I want to live so I can pass the benefits I receive on to someone else. God will supply all that I need and then some.
George Muller was known to say, “God judges what we give by what we keep.”
I want to give like that so my giving is more than my keeping!