The Most Humbling Moment

by J. Randal Matheny, editor
20dollarbill.jpgFor the second time in less than a year, I’m on the road again in the U.S., away from family and the normal routine of work, to replace the loss of most of our support for the ministry.
Times are hard. Churches are cutting back. Getting a chance just to speak to a congregation or eldership is a challenge.
That’s why receiving a gift for our work from a widow or retired couple on a fixed income is, for me, the most humbling moment.
From the hands of someone who has little, such a gift is precious. To refuse it would be unthinkable. But its use must be guided by the generosity and love for the Lord and his church, which prompted it.
This is not to diminish the offerings of churches or other generous individuals. On the contrary, it enhances in all of us as givers and receivers the spirit of God who gave his Son for many.
That five, ten or twenty dollars from the white-haired widow or stooped-over couple may not advance the final missions balance very far. But be sure their account in heaven has been greatly credited.
“Freely you received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8 NET).

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