Articles by Stan Dean

The Heart of a Giver

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We just finished our Vacation Bible School and it was another great week spent with many precious kids exploring the treasures of God’s Word. We try hard to instill timeless truths into these impressionable minds and show them the path will lead them to heaven. But every year there is something that happens during the course of the week where I learn a great lesson from them. This year was no exception.


On Wednesday a boy (whom I did not know) came up to me after we dismissed holding a clear zip-lock bag. With a humble disposition he handed the bag to me and said cheerfully, “I want to make a contribution to this church.” Inside the bag were two quarters which he seemed very eager to contribute.


Honestly, I was a little taken off guard. We never solicit contributions during VBS, so my first reaction was to refuse it. But this youngster seemed to be so appreciative of the time invested in spiritual things that he wanted to give something back. Hence, I graciously accepted the gift and thanked him for his generosity. He flashed a broad smile then turned and ran away happily. So, what did I learn? I learned something about the heart of a giver- - which was worth far more than fifty cents!


Maybe it was the “two coins” in the bag that quickly brought to mind the incident that occurred during Jesus’ earthly ministry. Mark records, “Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which makes a quadrans. So He called his disciples to Himself and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood’” (Mark 12:41-44). Here is yet another lesson about the heart of a giver.


The Bible clearly teaches us that giving is as much from the heart as it is the wallet (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:3). Note these words of Paul: “Let each one of you give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).  But would we expect anything else? That is exactly how the greatest heart gave the greatest gift to us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”

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