The Missionary And The Poor Indian Man
The greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Sacrificial giving is almost unknown to us in America. Worldly motives have clouded our thinking and dulled our sensitivity. We constantly battle the lure of personal desires over the needs of others.
The story is told of a missionary father and his son in India who were on their way home from church. Carrying his three-year-old boy, the missionary went into a little shop to buy a box of matches for his wife.
At about the same time, a poor Indian man was going by. His shirt was torn, and sweat and mud were caked all over him. Holding his child by the hand, the Indian man stopped to buy him one small piece of candy. Before the shopkeeper could give it to the child, the missionary's little boy grabbed the chocolate.
The missionary pulled his hand back, slapped it and scolded, "No!" He took the candy and gave it to the Indian child.
"Oh, please don't do that, sir," the Indian man said to the missionary. "He's just a little boy, he doesn't know better." And then he turned to his own little child and said, "Honey, don't you want to share your candy with your brother?"
The child said, "Yes," and the man broke a little piece and gave it to the missionary's son.
"At first I thought my son shouldn't take the candy," the missionary said. "But then something higher than my own self told me, 'Don't be a fool, let them do it. This is love they are expressing.'"
Love is the foundation of sacrifice. When we weigh our blessings on the scale of God's love and realize how fortunate we are in light of the needy all around us, it is not difficult to give sacrificially.
The greatest gift of all was the gift of God's only begotten Son, who died on the cross on our behalf. Anything we can ever give sacrificially can never compare with His great love and sacrifice.
Giving is a great privilege and a means by which God has chosen to bless us and others through us. But if we do not give, He will not allow His work to stop for lack of funds. He will simply redistribute the necessary resources to Christians who are sincerely seeking His will and who will sacrifice personal luxuries for the needs of others.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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