Do you have two pigs?
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Do You Have Two Pigs?
Thoughts of generosity and stewardship bring to mind a story about a small Church located in a farming community. The pastor of the church would call on every member of the congregation as part of the annual pledge campaign.
He put off visiting Farmer Brown to the last because he was known in the community to be very tight with his finances. The pastor asked Farmer Brown "if you had two brand-new tractors would you be willing to give one of them to the church?" "O Surely pastor if I had two brand-new tractors, I would gladly sell one and give the money to the church."
"Farmer Brown if you inherited $2 million would you give at least 1/10 to the church?" "O Pastor I would surely give at least 1/10 church."
The pastor went on "now Mr. Brown, if you had two pigs…” Farmer Brown interrupted, “Stop right there, pastor! You know darn well I’ve got two pigs!"
The 9th chapter of 2 Corinthians tells us in verse 7 to give from the heart because, “God loves a cheerful giver.” Even if Farmer Brown gave that second pig, I’m afraid the offering would not bring great blessing. In chapter 8, the impoverished Macedonian believers gave generously because they gave themselves first to the Lord before they gave their offerings. Paul says that they begged for the opportunity. What made them so joyfully generous was the opposite of what made Farmer Brown so miserably stingy. Farmer Brown did not understand how much he had already been given by God.
When people recognize generosity that has come to them from God and God’s people, gratitude causes their hearts to be filled with generosity.
Grateful people are generous people.
I think that is why Paul concludes his instruction in generosity in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 with those powerful words in verse 15, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”
What will you do with your second pig?
This Sunday we will conclude our series of Thanksgiving messages titled Giving Thanks by Thankful Giving with The Grateful Receivers (indescribable) based on 2 Corinthians 9:10-15. I am thankful to Jonnie Loadwick and Dianna Boatman for their warm, honest and very personal testimonies the past two weeks on how God has blessed them through their giving. I look forward to Ida and Joe Munoz sharing their testimony this week. If you believe God is moving you to share an additional testimony this week, let me know and I’ll include you on the program.
Thankful for the privilege to give,