WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE?                                                                                          Andy Hollifield 10-26-18

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

This is not about tithing, it is just about giving a little. I am not even necessarily talking about money. I am talking about giving your stuff, your time, and your talents. Exodus 35 tells us about the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness and it’s furnishings. It was prepared just a little at a time from a whole slew of people. So much was given in fact that Moses had to cut off the giving in Exodus 36:6 because they had “much more than enough”. Do you want to know who brought everything? Exodus 35:21 tells us that “Every one whose heart had stirred him up, and everyone whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering…” You can continue reading in verse 22 and you will find that all of the gold items in the tabernacle were made by men and women bringing their gold jewelry. Rings, earrings, and bracelets. A lot of people had just a little but when they gave it, it amounted to a lot.

A lot of times in my mission work, folks will hand me a little bit of money and follow their generosity up with “It ain’t much” almost like they’re apologizing because they don’t feel like it is enough. I just tell them I appreciate it and every little bit helps. The best proof of that is what Jesus told his disciples in the temple as they watched folks putting in their offering in Luke 21. A certain poor widow put in two mites. Jesus told them that she had given “more than they all”. He went on to tell them that the others had given of their abundance but she gave of her penury. The definition of “penury” is extreme poverty and destitution. He also told them she had cast in all her living.

John 6 tells us about a lad that had five barley loaves and two small fish. Apparently this young boy was willing to give the little bit that he had. In the end, it fed 5000 men besides women and children and had 12 baskets of leftovers. In Matthew 15:34, someone gave Jesus seven loaves and a few little fish and he fed four thousand men besides women and children. I have overlooked probably the most well-known example of all. That is 1 Kings 17 speaking of the starving widow. She gave her last handful of meal and a little oil to make Elijah a cake. God sustained her out of that empty meal barrel and little oil cruse throughout the remainder of the drought that was going on.

Do you think the man who owned the upper room or the man who loaned his donkey ever thought about how much their little bit would amount to? What about the person that owned the room where the 120 gathered after the ascension? Do you think he would have ever imagined they would be voting on the twelfth apostle? What about the person that owned the house in Act 2? When he let them gather in his house to observe Pentecost, do you think he could have ever thought that this would be the place where the Holy Ghost would descend and fill them all? Do you think he had any idea that 3000 people would believe on Jesus that day as a result of the meeting that took place in his house? No. There is no way they could have known all of this. They were just being hospitable to the group of believers and offering what was needed; a place to meet.

It may be giving a ride to the grocery store or maybe buying someone a meal. It could be just stopping by to check on someone and see if they need anything. Sometimes it don’t take much to make a huge difference in someone’s life. Whether it may be stuff or just your service to someone; the bible teaches the principle, “Little is much when God is in it”. What are you willing to give? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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