We must have faith and provide an opportunity for giving to those we train. Let me tell the story of a lady in India who lost her suitcase while coming to a training session of about 40-50 people. They asked me to replace her clothes and suitcase because the people there were poor Indians and had no money to give. I took a bag and asked the people to first give their hearts to the Lord, and then to give out of their poverty (2 Corinthians 8:5). They did and were greatly blessed by giving, because “it is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35). Even if it is a grain of rice or a penny, if it is given out of their heart’s overflow, they will be blessed. I have never seen Indians so happy as they were after they replaced this sister's suitcase and clothes.
There are many more examples of people giving like this, but it takes faith. Many times we do not use the faith God has given us because we first appeal to others, using other ways of getting money. We fail to realize that faith pleases God and without faith, it is impossible to please our heavenly Father (Hebrews 11:6). We need to teach people about giving. Giving is a reflection of the condition of our hearts. Therefore, the problem in Africa or wherever it is, is NOT the giving, but the heart. You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving. (Tim)
Notice in 2 Corinthians 8:4 that “the churches of Macedonia…in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints--” (2 Corinthians 8:2–4). In the same way, Jesus pointed to “a poor widow [who] came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. He called His disciples to Him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box” (Mark 12:43). Let us promote giving from the heart in all, so that all share in God’s work and the needs of others.
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