In 2 Cor. 8-9 giving was:
|Church centered (8:1)||Blessed others (9:1-5)|
|From the heart (8:2-9)||Blessed the giver (9:6-11)|
|Proportionate (8: 10-15)||Glorified God (9:12-15)|
|Handled honestly (8:16-24)|
During calving season a farmer came home quite excited and announced, “One of our cows had two calves. I think we should give one to the Lord.” After discussion, the family wanted to know which calf was going to be the Lords. The farmer said, “When the time comes to sell them, Ill know which one is the Lords.” A few days later the farmer came back to the house looking dejected and announced, “The Lords calf just died.”
The outstanding Baptist preacher, Dr. George W. Truett, was helping a struggling congregation raise money for their church building. They still needed $6500. Truett found the response weak. With only $3000 pledged he said in exasperation, “Do you expect me to give the other $3500 needed to reach your goal? Im just a guest here today.”
Suddenly, a woman near the back stood. Looking at her husband seated on the platform recording pledges, she said in a shaking voice, “Charlie, I wonder if you would be willing for us to give our little home? We were offered exactly $3500 cash for it yesterday. If the Saviour gave His life for us, shouldnt we make this sacrifice for Him?”
Truett reported that the fine husband responded with equal generosity. “Yes, Jennie, I was thinking the same thing.” Turning to Truett, he said, “Brother Truett, if its needed, well raise our pledge by $3500.”
Silence reigned for a few moments. Then some of the folks began to sob. Those who fifteen minutes earlier had refused to do more now either added their names to the list or increased their donations. In a short time, their goal had been achieved, and Charlie and Jennie didnt have to forfeit their home. Their willingness to sacrifice had stimulated others to similar generosity.
There was a man, they called him mad;
The more he gave, the more he had.