I knew I could save some more money
Reference: “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” 1 Corinthians 16:2 NIV
Explore: After visiting my sponsor child in the Philippines I decided I had the capacity to do more. While my husband and I were not on a large wage each, I knew I could save some more money to help those in need.
So I decided to save all my loose change.
Any time I had coins in my wallet I would empty them out into a piggy bank (money box). I dedicated to doing this for a whole year.
I had hoped I would save a few hundred dollars over the 12 months to buy something practical and useful for my sponsor child’s family.
At the end of the year I was pleasantly surprised. All my coins had amassed to just over one thousand dollars!
I couldn’t believe it. And yet we had hardly noticed the difference in our bank account as it had just been a few coins gradually taken over each week.
Application: This exercise was certainly an important lesson for me in giving. There are times when we are asked to give sacrificially, but each week we are actually called to give a little.
Our tithe may not seem like much but if we are truly committed in giving each week our offering can accumulate to something much more important.
Paul’s advice to the people in Corinth was to set a time each week to put money aside for the ministry. And the amount was according to their income.
Giving is never about comparing or putting yourself or your family in jeopardy, but showing faithfulness with all you have.
People hate hearing about giving away their money but please hear it from me – someone who will not directly benefit from your tithe or donations. Giving money is not about the amount or the regularity. It is about your heart.
God can do amazing things through us when we give generously – of our time, our resources and of our money. It does not just change the person receiving but it changes the giver as well.
Don’t hinder your Christian growth by holding too firmly to your purse strings.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for generously giving to us. May we be grateful for our blessings and strive to bless others with what we have. May You mould and change our hearts to give glory to You. Amen.
How can you be more generous?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.