They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. -Acts 2:45
For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. -2 Corinthians 8:3While there are other verses about giving, I am sure, these come to mind for me. Perhaps it is because I have been reading the New Testament lately or maybe I heard a sermon about them. However, I think that is not why. I think these verses stuck with me for one reason- they show true generosity.
No, I am not saying that we should go and sell all we have. But as Matthew West says in his song "My Own Little World" (which I recommend you listen to), "I throw a twenty in the plate but I never give 'til it hurts."
I think we all have a tendency to keep a protective blanket on our money. You know, give some, but keep some just in case we don't have enough. When I read the verses above, it seems to me that the people were not doing that. Not only were they giving some but all- their stuff too.
During Christmastime, I think we should not focus on just giving gifts. I believe we should give our time and talents too. We have all been gifted uniquely.
Perhaps you would like to help a family in poverty this Christmas. By giving them some essentials, we could help them notice their gifts. Maybe schoolroom would inspire a child to become a teacher or writer.
Help us raise $20,000 for children in poverty this Christmas.