Happy and Thankful for Giving
"By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice..." Hebrews 11:4
Do you wonder what it must have been like for the guys on the road to Emmaus when they realized that it was Jesus who they were talking to? Have you ever had one of those light bulb moments where it seemed everything you knew was shaken a bit.
One time after Austin and I had been married for a few years, he sat down at a piano and started playing and it sounded incredible. I was shocked, "How can I not know he plays the piano?!" The feeling of confusion and fear overcame me. "What else do I not know about him?" (Turns out he doesn't really play, he just knows a few chords and has an understanding of how they fit together).
Today God showed me one of His present day hall of faith-ers. They are people I have known for a few years, but I just learned a secret about them that not many know. Instead of fear and confusion when I found out this truth, I was left in awe. (I have to keep their idenities secret but I just have to tell you about them because I believe like the hall of faith-ers, their faith will build yours.)
They are average Joe's. Nothing about them would make me think they had money. Nothing! In fact, one might assume otherwise. But it turns out this family has a lot of money and they have special family meetings to plan how to give it away. The mother, saves up quite a bit and on her birthday every year she sits down with a list and just starts calling people to give them money. Wow huh! But doesn't that totally make sense! The day God brought forth His workmanship (her) from the womb, who He created for good works, she celebrates by taking initiative to give, to be about the good works the Lord created her for. Oh Lord! What a wonderful thing you have done in this lady!
These peoples giving is totally in secret. Their offering, an acceptable sacrifice. I believe these people will be well-known in heaven much like the hall of faith-ers in Hebrews 11. I can't believe I get to know a "will be famous in heaven" person right now!
Austin and I were in desperate need for a computer (since my old one crashed and Austin's got stolen) and the students all pitched in to buy us a computer! College students. The ones who eat top ramen on a regular basis to save money so they can afford books and tuition. Yeah, them. They bought us a laptop! We are so overwhelmed by their thoughtfulness and generosity.
And then get this, the night some of them dropped off the computer a bunch of them went downtown to feed the homeless. On their own initiative. They made a bunch of food and used it to get into conversations with the people and share the gospel with them. Wow huh!
So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am happy and thankful for these givers. I pray that today as you spend time with the Lord, He gives you a revelation of Himself which produces an attitude of gratitude.
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Starting tomorrow, I am going to be writing weekday devotionals going through the book of Judges. Last year I led a leadership girls bible study going through Judges and it was super insightful and even shockingly funny if you can believe that.
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I love this... We once needed a car very much and eventually got one by the grace of God. My friend Andrea then said, "Oh cool, now I can have mine!" When I looked puzzled, she explained that she had decided to believe for mine first of all, and she knew that when I had mine, hers would come. Put on earth to be a blessing, let's remember it and serve with joy!
11/23/2011 10:16:44 pm
nice introduction to the book.
11/24/2011 07:22:57 am
i have never been so enticed to read the book of judges :) you have a gift friend. happy thanksgiving!
These are truly inspiring stories of giving that you shared, Laura. I say inspiring and very timely for me as I have also been busy planning how our family could make Christ really the CENTER and REASON and PURPOSE of Christmas, meaning, how could we veer away from the world's standard of celebrating it but do it as HE WOULD HAVE US DO IT - sharing Him to the poor.
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