“He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work,
doing something useful with his own hands, that he
may have something to share with those in need.”

Ephesians 4:28, NIV

At six years old, my youngest child asked me when he could start working. “Why, Robey? What do you want?” I asked. His answer to my question astounded me. He said, “I want to have something to give.”

Now, that is a different thought: Working so we have more to share with people in need. Usually a reason for earning more money was so we could acquire more things. I was taught to make money so that I could save for my future and be more secure.
The great preacher John Wesley said, “Earn all you can, save all you can and give all you can.” Our communities would be very different if Christians decided to give all they could. Instead of buying bigger, give more.

To make giving that high a priority is naíve, even childish. Yet we are told to trust Christ like a child. (Luke 18:17) It is more exciting to give than it is to receive, but that is a lesson each person must learn.

Next year could be a time to begin thinking of income, bonuses and returns on investments, as an opportunity to give more. If you gave ten percent last year, add another percent to your giving next year.

I gave my six year old the job of cleaning out the garage for pay. I was blessed by his enthusiasm to work. I was so blessed that I gave him more money than we had agreed upon. Few things please a father more than a child with a generous heart. Can God be any less pleased with the generosity of His children?

QUESTION: What specific need can you address by your giving? What can you add to your giving the coming year?