A pig and a chicken were walking down the road. As they passed a church, they notice that a potluck charity breakfast was under way. Caught up in the spirit, the pig suggested to the chicken that they each make a contribution.
“Great Idea!” the chicken cried. “Let’s offer them ham and eggs!”
“Not so fast.” said the pig. “For you, that’s just a little sacrifice, but for me, it’s a total commitment.”
I was thinking about times when someone has brought up possible sacrifices. One person wants to make a donation, and they give whatever, then they try to convince someone else to contribute as well, but the one making a small sacrifice suggests the contribution by the other, which is far more than a little donation, but instead requires total commitment of everything. Now, it is not wrong to donate to various causes, churches for example and in fact, that is a good thing indeed. But, when one person is only willing to give a little, but not only suggests that another not only give a little, but to give all they have to the cause while they are only willing to give up a little, it is a completely different matter.
In this little story, the chicken wants to give a little and then can walk away feeling good that they added a bit to the feast. I wonder why, if the chicken thought it was such a marvelous idea, that the chicken didn’t instead say maybe we should contribute and then say, “you give the ham for breakfast and I will give so they can have fried chicken for lunch.” The idea that one is willing to sacrifice just a small amount without making a total commitment, all the while expecting the other to give up everything seems more than a little shallow, selfish, inconsiderate and, well, for lack of a better way to say it, pretty much double standards.
13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.
14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.
15 But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
He doesn’t want us to hold others to different standards than to which we hold ourselves. Nor does He want us to hold different people to different standards. We should not expect more of others than we do of ourselves. I am not saying that all should, or even can, give equally. There are a lot of factors that can enter into that: how much one makes, living expenses, other financial obligations. But, this goes beyond that, how many times has someone said they wanted to get together and then consistently go on to specify exactly when and where they want to go somewhere with you? And, if you make other suggestions they quickly complain, say that is something they don’t want to do, not a restaurant they like, etc. Once again, expecting one person to give completely while not being willing to compromise themselves. I have seen it a lot, had it happen a lot and probably been guilty to an extent of the same. Not all can give equally, but the amount given is not what God is concerned about. He is concerned with the attitude we give and with the extent we give within our means.
1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
We all know someone that seems that person is not as loving or compassionate towards others as Christ has told us to be to one another. They are the one person encouraging others to give and keep giving constantly and while only making token sacrifices all the while pushing the other to totally commit. I have to say, the way I understand it is that what we give, how much, to which church or charity is all between the individual and Christ. For this reason or that one feels more compelled by the Spirit to give more to one cause over another. Whether the gift/donation be cash, donations of food, or donations of time and labor. It should be a personal choice based on the guidance of the Holy Spirit and not someone pushing another to donate.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
And, one should donate in a way that doesn’t bring attention to themselves. It should be between the person and God, if they do it for attention, then it is not about God, but self.
1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
As far as donating a little or making a full and total commitment, well, we should all make a total commitment to Jesus. Not always easy for humans, because well, lets face it: it is hard, as a human, to truly and completely let go and let God have complete control. I try, and I think I do well in that aspect of my spiritual life: better then some, not as good as others. But, I am trying to get better with that part (okay, okay and pretty much all aspects of my spiritual walk with Christ as I have a long way to go in a lot of areas.) But, as much as financial and other gifts to churches are important; far more important is our gift to God of our love, worship and service as well as our love and kindness to others.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37
Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for teaching me so much. I pray that I learn better how to give as You would have me to give but more importantly that I remember to not only give of what I have, but give myself to You. Totally and completely and without anything or part held back. I ask You to help me and others to know Your blessings and Your love. I ask in Jesus name that I and all my loved ones know how to, and strive to, give You are all and serve You totally and completely. Show us all how to give ourselves for Your glory and that we learn to not try to glorify ourselves. Teach us how to be humble for You and before You.
Thanks so very much for your time. I hope all have a blessed day and weekend and that you have a chance to be a blessing to others in the process.