Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Faith in Giving

Good day to all my readers who are here today. I will share to you a wonderful short-story which touched my heart a lot and made me realized how short am I in the eyes of the Lord when it comes to giving.

The Undergraduate

An unemployed graduate woke up one morning and checked his pocket. All he
had left was $10. He decided to use it to buy food and then wait for death
as he was too proud to go begging. He was frustrated as he could find no
job, and nobody was ready to help him.

He bought food and as he sat down to eat, an old man and two little children
came along and asked him to help them with food as they had not eaten for
almost a week.
He looked at them. They were so lean that he could see their bones. Their
eyes had gone into the socket. With the last bit of compassion he had, he gave
them the food. The old man and children prayed that God would bless and prosper
him and then gave him a very old coin. The young graduate said to them 'you
need the prayer more than I do'.

With no money, no job, no food, the young graduate went under the bridge to
rest and wait for death. As he was about to sleep, he saw an old newspaper
on the ground. He picked it up, and suddenly he saw an advertisement for
people with old coins to come to a certain address.
He decided to go there with the old coin the old man gave him. Upon arriving,
He gave the proprietor the coin. The proprietor screamed, brought out a big
book and showed the young graduate a photograph. This same old coin was
worth 3 million dollars. The young graduate was overjoyed as the
proprietor gave him a bank draft for 3 million dollars within an hour. He
collected the Bank Draft and went in search of the old man and little

By the time he got to where he left them eating, they had gone. He asked the
owner of the canteen if he knew them. He said no but they left a note for
you. He quickly opened the note thinking it would lead him to find them.

This is what the note said: 'You gave us your all and we have rewarded you
back with the coin,' signed God the Father , The Son and The Holy Ghost . 1
Kings 17:10-16; Matthew 11:28-30

Personally, this story opened my heart and let me see the value of our giving to the Lord and to his people. Sometimes, I myself worry too much that I hold back every amount I have to spare for the coming days needs. I lack faith to giving. This short-story really has made me ashamed before the Lord. So many times, I have special prayers for our immediate needs yet I did not take heed of the inner leading that the secret of receiving is just giving. Just as the story above quoted, "you gave us your all, we have rewarded you back with..." God's words never fail. When we offer our all for the Lord and to His people, he will let the gates of heavens open and rain down manifold of blessings to you. When you give all that you have, He would never fail to reward it back to you a hundredfold. When you have faith in RECEIVING FROM HIM, Have FAITH ALSO IN YOUR GIVING. May the Lord truly have mercy on me and transform me with a giving heart. Amen.


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