• Giving


    8 May, 2015Posted by Dave

    Nowhere in the article does it say that he’s a Christian. Nowhere in the article is God mentioned. But even if this man isn’t a follower of Jesus, his actions should be a wake-up call to Christians who don’t follow Jesus’ command to give. Whether it’s giving money, our time or our skills – we are called to give to all those around us who are in need.  

    We should give because of genuine love for others, just as God gave us his one and only son out of love for us. We shouldn’t give because we feel that we have to, but because we want to. It wouldn’t be right if we begrudgingly gave something to someone, because everything we have is given to us by God in the first place. (Deuteronomy 16:17)  

    I guess it comes down to how we see the world around us – do we care for our local community and want to help out where we can? You may not have the hair styling skills like the guy in the article (I certainly don’t), and you may not live in an area where there is a high homeless population. You may not have the money to give anything to any kind of charitable cause. But there are an infinite number of other ways that we can give ourselves to helping others. 

    As children we love to receive presents. Growing up there was nothing better than waking up on Christmas Day and getting to open all the presents that had been sitting under the Christmas tree for the previous few days. I couldn’t wait. But as I got older I found an even bigger joy in giving presents. Indeed my wife gets more excited on my birthday when she’s giving me a present, than I do as the person receiving the gift. It’s because she loves to give, and loves to see other people happy. 

    Jesus tells a story about a poor woman giving everything that she has. (Mark 12:41-44) It’s easy to give when we have lots, but it’s our actions when we have little that show where our heart is. 

    The article about the hair stylist was a great reminder to me to re-evaluate my own attitude towards giving. Has it made you think about this topic anymore? Would be great to hear your thoughts in the comments below.