"My heroes are people who give."
- If you were to make a list of the top three people you would give to, who would be on that list?
- In what ways do you give and then in what ways would you like to be more giving?
- What's your plan for that today?
00:04 You know what, you may have a Mastercard that's just got all kinds of money in the bank behind it and you may have a few dollars in your name or you may have no more than a few pennies. But this little devotional today I think is going to answer so many questions for you on what to do with this. We're in First Corinthians chapter 16, verses 1-4, and it says this: "now about the collection for God's people. Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up so that when I come, no collections will have to be made. Then when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable for me to go, also, they will accompany me."
01:10 My heroes are people who give. I think of a friend, a dear friend of mine who made tons of money and he's literally giving it all the way to build orphanages around the world. And then I have another buddy who is a recording artist, these, Grammys and all kinds of, you know, incredible awards, but, but right in the middle of his most important record he's ever made, here recently. He takes a month out of his schedule and makes one song to give it away, to raise money for a little island in the Atlantic Ocean that's been blown apart by hurricanes and earthquakes, that country of Haiti. That man's name is Michael W. Smith. But, you know that you may not have tons of money and you may not be recording artists.
02:00 But I think of a guy that I met last summer, he is 12 years old and he got a heart for orphanages as well. He had very little money, but he put up a lemonade stand. In fact, he put up three lemonade stands, and instead of selling his lemonade, he started giving it away, but he put a sign on the lemonade stand and I'm sure the sign was just cuter than all get out. And it said, "I'm raising money to build an orphanage in Africa." And people started giving donations. And in fact, he received $46,000 in donations and he has built his first orphanage. And, now he's dreaming of two more orphanages.
02:37 And I think of another girl that came to camp. And before she came I saw her pictures, she had beautiful long, dark hair. But when she came to camp, she had short beautiful dark hair. And when I met her big beautiful smile on her face, I said, what happened to your hair? She said, oh, my dream has been to grow my hair long so I could, you know, chop it off and they could make a wig and give it to somebody with cancer.
03:02 You know, Jesus knew it well. It wasn't the size of the gift, but it was the size of the heart behind the gift that matters to him. And that's why he talks about the little widow with the widow's mite, the two copper coins. In Luke 22, "in the treasury she put her two copper coins in," you know the story and at least I'll tell you that she gave more than everybody else, but because she out of her poverty gave all that she had. And my question for you today is this: if you were to make a list of the top three people you would give to, who would be on that list? The second question is in what ways do you give and then in what ways would you like to be more giving? And then what's your plan? The boy and Africa, his plan was to build an orphanage. The girl with the hair, her plan was to go out and then give it away. What's your plan today? And the lifeline for the day is this: Realize that everything you have is not your own, because the Lord has blessed you and given it to you. So your gift to God is to give it away.