Years ago in recovery, there was a saying that we don’t hear much anymore, primarily because the saying was in jest but did have a ring of truth to it. The saying was “give until it hurts, then give some more.” We laughed at the familiar idea that there is a sacrifice to giving and sacrifices can be painful. But giving, if we are giving for the right reasons, does not have to be painful. In fact, giving can bring joy and peace if we are giving out of a pure heart and to glorify God.
The problem is that we have lived much of our lives as very selfish people. When we do start to give, it’s usually with strings attached and with a desire to be acknowledged for our “selfless” act. By our sin nature, even our best acts have some sort of sin attached to them. This is why we need a Savior so desperately. We, on our own, can do nothing without it having some selfishness attached to it.
There was a man in recovery who died in a car accident. He was a Believer and tried to live his life to glorify Christ. At his funeral, an elderly group of people was in attendance. No one knew any of these people or why they were there. His wife approached and thanked them for coming. They told his wife they were going to miss him. They were so grateful for his years of visiting with them and leading them in worship songs at their retirement home. His wife had no idea her husband had spent his spare hours giving to others in this manner. In fact, no one knew he had done this. He had continued this selfless act of giving, not to boast but, to glorify God while serving others. This is the way Jesus has called us to give, without expecting anything in return.
Written by Jackell