Many of us think, If I were a millionaire I would set the woods on fire with my giving to the needy causes of the world. The giving that you engage in with what little you have is an excellent way to measure the sincerity of your thoughts. Because we cannot do much, we fail to do the little we could.
Notice Paul’s comment on sharing as he quotes Jesus:
Acts 20:35 "I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" (NKJV).
Perhaps the most famous verse in the Bible for Christians is;
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV).
The word, “grace,” used biblically, means to give something to someone who does not deserve it. Unmerited favor is the descriptive term.
You never know just what the person you extend “unmerited favor” to may become.
“One Spring, sometime before the Civil War, a boy in search of work came to
Worthy Taylor's prosperous Ohio farm. The farmer knew nothing much about
the boy except that his name was Jim, but he gave him a job. Jim spent the
winter cutting stove wood, bringing in the cows and making himself
generally useful. He ate in the kitchen and slept in the hayloft.
Before the summer was over, Jim had fallen in love with Taylor's daughter.
When the father refused to let him marry her -- he had no money, no name,
and very poor prospects -- Jim put his belongings in his old carpet bag and
disappeared. Thirty-five years passed before Taylor pulled down his barn to make way for a new one. On the rafters above the hayloft he discovered that Jim had carved his full name -- James A. Garfield. He was then president of the United States.”
It’s also worth noting that “Jim” did not permit rejection to exclude him from future greatness. To all who are rejected by someone, President Garfield would plainly say,
“Get over it and go on.”
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