How Foolish it Is To Give!

Byron, my wife’s grandfather, was 91 years old when he died. He was a venerable old soul. He was loved by many. I was there when they transferred him from the hospital to the hospice facility. Even though he was a successful life insurance agent who built a multi state practice, he found little comfort in his possessions or stock holdings in the end. Indeed, when the hospital packed up his belongings, they managed to fit in a single Wal-Mart plastic bag.

Steve & Becky had been on the field in Papau New Guinea for over 30 years. They’d given their life to a people not their own so that a few prized souls might be won for the Kingdom. As missionaries, they raised support all their lives. Occasionally, they returned to the United States to ask for support from churches and individuals for their gospel work.

When Steve & Becky finally returned from the field for good, their retirement accounts were sparse. Illness cut short their retirement years. They passed on only a few heirlooms to their children.

So who did well? Was one experience better than the other? I’m not the judge, but I know that regardless Byron and Steve & Becky ended in the same place. In the final analysis, their possessions mattered little. They could fit in a Wal-Mart bag.

Alas, the measure of our lives does not consist in the abundance of possessions. Is it so foolish to give when we know that we’ll depart this life empty handed? Surely not, if we know that treasure awaits us in heaven.

William F. High is the President/General Counsel of the Servant Foundation (www.servantchristian.com). Servant’s mission is to inspire, teach and facilitate revolutionary biblical generosity. He may be reached at whigh@servantchristian.com.

 

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One Response to “How Foolish it Is To Give!”

  1. Pastor Jack Wilson Says:

    “So who did well? Was one experience better than the other? I’m not the judge, but I know that regardless Byron and Steve & Becky ended in the same place. In the final analysis, their possessions mattered little. They could fit in a Wal-Mart bag.”

    I will say that anyone who has sincerely given their life for the Lord finishes well. I don’t know the heart of your grandfather nor did you mention his spiritual life which would include giving along with much more exposed fruit.

    Steve and Becky , we assume by your description ,were those people who gave God their lives .

    Everything is not so obvious. In the parable of the Good Samaritan who was saved? Most will say the Samaritan but perhaps the Priest and Levite were believers such as a Pastor and a deacon . Many Christians today are fruitless and give nothing. They may be saved but their works will burn up as wood , hay and stubble. On the other hand, the Samaritan could have been an Atheist with a good heart but nevertheless, condemned to hell because of his failure to respond to the Word of God. That’s just a scenario. Actually I hope the good guy was also the saved guy.

    Yet what if the Priest and Levite were the believers. It is like that today. As a missionary myself I see many non-believers helping with our projects and so called Christians doing nothing.

    Something to think about.


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