Give with Willingness and Joy (Noon)
1 Chronicles 29:9 Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the LORD; and King David also rejoiced greatly.
Johnny Karlinchak, 8, was stunned when he saw that a 60-foot oak tree had crashed through his neighbor’s house in Springfield during last month’s storm. He immediately ran to his piggy bank, retrieved five quarters, and handed them to her. An hour later, he was standing behind a lemonade stand with a scribbled sign: “Mrs. Myers building fund.” He has put up his lemonade stand two more times, including on Saturday, and plans to continue doing so until he raises his neighbors’ $500 insurance deductible. Many of the neighbors who streamed by dropped extra cash in his jar. “I gave more than enough for my lemonade and two cookies. The other day I did the same,” said Marian McLaughlin, 58, who added that she came to support both families. “This is a wonderful neighborhood.”
While many people whose homes are intact have moved on from the storm, Johnny knows something about perseverance. He knows more than most 8-year-olds about compassion and surviving trauma. Four years ago, he lost his 6-year-old sister, Kelly, in a car accident, and the neighbors rallied around Johnny and his family so much that they did not have to cook a meal for nine months.
Yes, when something is done sincerely and joyfully, the kindness will spread and give a big impact. This is the second secret of the Kingdom of Heaven, GIVING with a sincere and joyful heart. Some people feel unpleasant hearing a sermon about giving. Yes, they eventually give but with a grumbling heart and suspicion in their mind. No wonder they sow but don’t get any harvest. Realize that when we give to the Lord willingly and joyfully, we will experience Uncommon Harvest. What we sow is nothing compared to what we will reap. Jesus bless you.
Our WILLINGNESS and JOY in giving will please God and move His hand to bless us more.
1. What comes to your mind when you hear the word or sermon about giving?
2. Have you been giving with a willing and joyful heart? Why?
3. What do you experience and feel when you do so?
“Father, thank you for Your Word today. Forgive us if we are not willing to give. We want to want to give with a willing and joyful heart because You are pleased with this kind of offering. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”