Author: Pastor Elms

It Is More Blessed To Give

It Is More Blessed To Give

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:15

A friend of mine named Paul, received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present.  On Christmas Eve, when Paul came out of his office, a poor little boy was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it.  “Is this your car, mister?” he asked.

Paul nodded.  “My brother gave it to me for Christmas.”  The boy was astounded.  “Boy, I wish…”  He hesitated.  Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for.  He was going to wish he had a brother like that.  But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.  “I wish,” the boy went on, “that I could be a brother like that.”

Paul was astonished.  He asked the boy, “Would you like a ride?”  After a short ride, the boy turned and his eyes aglow said, “Will you stop where those two steps are?” He got out, ran up the steps.  Then in a little while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast.  He was carrying his little crippled brother.  He sat down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car.  “There she is buddy, just like I told you upstairs.  His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn’t cost him a cent.  And someday I’m gonna give you one just like it…. then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I’ve been trying to tell you about.”

Paul got out and lifted the lad to the front seat of his car.  The shining eyed, older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.

That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what Jesus meant when He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

 (Source Credit: “Chicken Soup for the Soul”)

The Value of our Gift

The Value of our Gift

“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything…”” – Mark 12:41-44 (NIV)

Jesus sat and watched how the people gave into the treasury. He stated, “This poor widow woman hath cast more in than all they which have cast into the treasury.” Her offering was two mites or a farthing: about a penny.  The value that our Lord placed on her offering was based on what she had left, not on the small amount given.  Let’s not be too quick to judge another person’s gift unless you know how much they had left!  By-the-way, how valuable was the offering that you gave last Sunday?

Delight

Delight

“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” – Psalm 37:4 

Delight meaning extreme satisfaction or great pleasure.  When a person gets to know the Lord and finds in Him great satisfaction, this is like opening up a new “App” on your phone. This “Delight App” will bring fulfillment as God gives you the desires of your heart. Someone said, “If you serve God hard, it’s easy.  But, if you serve God easy, it’s hard.”  When you really get to know the Lord, it will be easy to “delight” in Him and watch Him give you the desires of your heart. Why don’t you put that “App” on your phone – its free!

What are you looking for today?

What are you looking for today?

Your perspective on life will make all the difference! Two prisoners stood looking out through bars.  One saw mud the other saw stars. Two birds were flying over a desert area.  A hummingbird and a vulture.  The vulture spotted the decaying carcass of a rabbit, flew down and began to eat on the carcass.  The hummingbird spotted a cactus flower, flew down and began to suck the sweet nectar from the flower. Both found what they were looking for!

If you are looking for bad things in others, you will find it. But, if you are looking for good things in others, you will find it! What are you looking for today, friend?