The Gift and the Spirit of Generosity
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly, and he who sows
When I was about four or five years old, my mother taught me one of the most important lessons I could ever learn when it comes to giving. We were at someones house for a Christmas party and I received a little toy race car as a gift. There was another little boy who was with his mother at the party and, for whatever reason, he had not received a gift. Most likely the adults were exchanging gifts and were supposed to have brought a gift for their own children in attendance, but for whatever reason, this little boy hadnt received a gift. So, I will never forget what my mother said to me. She said, Louie, why dont you give your car to him. Well, I remember that I didnt want to. As a matter of fact, I think I cried, but my mom told me how proud she was of me while the little boy played with his new car on the carpet next to me, and in time, I was feeling much better.
Now, I am 59 years old, and I still remember the bold and loving action my mother took in planting the seed for effective stewardship Gods way in my mind and heart so long ago. That giving in faith and leaving the results to our heavenly Father, is so much more powerful than the selfishness that it truly behind, the act of taking.
Luke recording the words of Paul, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35.
Thank you Lord for a mothers lesson. Pastor Louie