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Everyone Has Something To Give

Posted: Monday, January 22

 Pastor Jon Brooks // College &amp; Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Genesis 44:1-45:28
Matthew 14:13-36
Psalm 18:37-50
Proverbs 4:11-13

Verse of the day:

Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. (Matthew 14:19)


Whether you are rich, poor, or somewhere in between; whether you are old, young or middle age; you have something to give. There’s a contribution you can make that could have an impact far larger than you can imagine.

 

Here we see a poor, young boy offering his modest lunch simply out of a desire to help in any way he could. We presume he was poor because he had barley bread, the cheapest of all bread along with two small fish.

 

A common school of thought today is that it is unreasonable or just plain wrong to expect any meaningful contribution from the young or the poor.

 

Regarding the young, 1 Timothy 4:12 says Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. If you’re a young person you don’t need to wait until some date in the future to be a leader. God’s plan for your life starts today and you have a valuable contribution to make today.

 

Regarding the poor, in Luke 21 Jesus observes a widow placing 2 small coins into the offering alongside the rich who are giving considerably more. Jesus commends the widow’s act of generosity and her example reminds us that God watches what we give and the condition of our heart. God doesn’t want us to wait until we have ‘more’ to give; he wants us to begin when we have little. Those who have experienced growth in their income will often note that they feel a tension writing larger tithe checks and the faith and discipline were forged when they were writing much smaller amounts.

 

Don’t compare what you have to anyone else, but rather offer it to God with open hands. What makes a gift great? It’s not the size of the gift. It is into whose hands the gift is given.