Sunday, June 22, 2008

Selfless Giving

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18

Friday I drove into my driveway after being at our 4H club meetings. There in front of me was a huge surprise. Someone had left a large above ground set-up pool for us. I am still in shock, astonishment, amazement.

The family that did this for us is known for their sacrificial giving in the community. They take seriously the admonition from the Scriptures of James 1:27 that “pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” They have a reputation of service to widows, to the elderly, and many others. In the years I have known them they have never sought to draw attention to themselves or their labors for Christ.

Their giving us the pool was completely selfless giving of themselves for the glory of God. When I called to thank them, they only wanted us to give thanks unto God. They wanted us to consider it as a gift directly from Him. We all have thanked God for the gift, but we have also thanked God for the givers.

Ours is a faith of deeds. First John tells us quite frankly that ours is a living faith only if it is accompanied by deeds. “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26) We are to do noble deeds, brave deeds, awesome deeds, and bold deeds. We are also to do everyday deeds, simple deeds, mundane deeds, and diligent deeds that go unnoticed. Christ blesses the cup of cold water given in His name. He also tells us that the people who know their God will do exploits, deeds of renown. When God gives us faith, He also gives us grace for actions.

The gift to our family brings us great joy and will continue to be a source of delight to us. But our joy is not just outward, it is also inward in that it reminds us God is still at work in His people to encourage, to bless, to show forth Himself in their deeds that they do unto Him and unto others. Our hearts and lives have been greatly encouraged in the deeds of this family. May God return to those givers a thousand fold what they have done for us in His name.

---posted by Queen Lucy

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