Giving What You Have

Here at Via Peregrini there is considerable awe at the experiences of God’s tangible provision. The other side of this coin is giving back to God. I’m not talking about putting money in a collection plate or making a pledge to a TV preacher. This isn’t about giving in an attempt to get.

The essential point is to give, no matter what it is you have or to whom. Each of us needs to do so. No matter my income, I need to add my dollars to others’ money to help those in need, here in my community and in places across the world. No matter how how short on time I may be, I need to give time to others. 

Not only do I believe in giving from the little, but I think it is important to offer to God and to others that which is broken within us, or empty, or nearly depleted.

Whether it’s the biblical example of a widow so poor she expected to die, yet was chosen by God to provide food for the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 17:1-16) or the widow who gave two small coins (Luke 21:1-4), one of the lessons is that we all have something to give. No matter how little, it can be a profound means of blessing.

The important part of the equation is God’s ability to multiply. Whatever we give to him is an affirmation of our reliance upon him. When we have nothing, we are closer than we might think to having more than enough.

“The truth is that self-sufficiency is a myth perpetuated by pride and temporary success. Health and wealth can disappear instantly, as can life itself. Rejoice in your insufficiency, knowing that My Power is made perfect in weakness.” Sarah Young in Jesus Calling.

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