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What Does Your Gift Reflect?

By Don Loftis | 01.08.14

The story is told of a beggar who one day approached Alexander the Great with a request for alms.  As an act of kindness, the ruler tossed him several gold coins.  A courtier, astonished at the generosity, remarked, “Sir, copper coins would adequately meet a beggar’s need.”  Alexander responded, “Truly, copper coins would suit the beggar’s need, but gold coins suit Alexander’s giving.”

As we plan our personal and family giving for 2014, we need to consider three important truths:

  • First, we should give as citizens of a great kingdom.  The Cause of Christ is the greatest cause in the world, because it alone is in the business of saving souls.  It is more than a charity and more than an educational tool.
  • Secondly, our contribution is a gift of worship to God.  We may make our checks out to the local church, but our gift is to the Lord.  Contributions were never intended to be restitution but thanksgiving; not dues but praise.
  • Finally, in sharing a generous offering, we trust God to bless both the gift and the giver.  By faith we let God do great things with our collective funds and to bless the individual lives of the contributors.  Recall that we are promised, “It is more blessed to give than it is to receive.”

As we prepare to make our contribution this Sunday, let’s be sure that it reflects our heart, and that our heart is gold and not copper.


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