TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
“There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
Acts 4:34-37 (ESV)
ENCOURAGE BY GIVING
A Sunday School teacher asked her class if they knew the difference between kindness and loving kindness. One little girl said she knew the difference. She told the teacher that kindness is like when you ask your mother for some toast and she gives it to you, but loving kindness is when you ask your mother for some toast and she gives it to you with butter and jam on it. And that’s the way God is. God, in his loving kindness, is an exceedingly generous giver. He doesn’t just give you some blessings, but He gives some “blessins” with some butter and jam on it.
Barnabas was our example of encouragement in Sunday’s sermon. His name means “son of encouragement.” In Acts 4 Barnabas demonstrates encouragement by selling some land and giving the money to God’s mission. Barnabas loved God and loved God’s people so much he gave generously and sacrificially. He put the butter and jam on it. Barnabas reminds us you can’t love without giving.
In Sunday’s sermon we talked about three ways we could give. We can give our time, our talent and our treasures. Which of those three areas do you think you are most generous with your giving? Which of these areas do you think you need the most growth? Ask God to grow your “loving kindness” when it comes to giving in that area.