My pastor recently spoke the following words, “We can know how many seeds are in the pomegranate but only God knows how many pomegranates are in the seed.”
We must have a spirit of giving. We have daily, abundant opportunities to give in some form or fashion. Think of your own day. My day started off with a visit from my grandkids and my grandson was interested in me giving him some attention by reading a book. My dog wanted me to give her a little ball-throwing session in the backyard. My daughter wanted me to loan her my laptop so she could finish some school work tonight. As I left for church, my neighbor stopped to talk for a few minutes in the driveway. On the way to church, the man at the intersection held the sign that read, “Please give. Anything helps.” In church, the collection plate was passed around and we were reminded of our missionaries and the debt-reduction that we are trying to achieve. Stopping at the grocery store, the nice lady in aisle 3 needed some help getting something off of the top shelf. Once I got home, my parents called and wondered if I had time for them to come visit. Do you see all of these opportunities that were opened up for me to give of myself? That’s only half of my day. How many more times will I be called on?
In each of these instances, I can see and count the tangible gift. I can see how my grandson liked hearing the story. I can’t tell though, what good came from that later in his day. Was he better-behaved for his mom later? Did he learn a few new words that he couldn’t read before? I can see how my daughter will take my laptop to but what will happen beyond that? Could she also use it to apply for a job she’s found available? The $10 that I gave to the guy on the street corner was just $10 but to him, it was a meal for himself and something for the dog laying next to him. The offering at church was a set amount for me but where will the church use it? Will is support a missionary and make something possible in a country I will never see? Will it supply meals for the youth as they come to learn about God’s place in their life? Will it be used in the community to create programs to draw people to the works of God in our church? So many possibilities.
I think I can fully understand the gift of the time with my dog outside. Because of that gift, I won’t have any gifts to clean up when I get home from church later.
I know what I have given. I have counted those seeds. But only God knows what those seeds will sow and how far and how wide they will be broadcast. In all of those instances ask God to do His Will and with others’ giving, the results are limitless. Give when you can, in whatever way you can. We all have something to give.
Proverbs 11:24-25 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to want. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.