Clinton church of Christ

Are You Giving God Junk?

May 23, 2011

John Allan

In light of the storm damage in Tuscaloosa, Alabama donations have poured in to aid relief efforts. This might not surprise you, but perhaps what has been donated will.

Much of the donated material is junk.

Yes, you read that correctly: junk. Broken toys, used underwear and even a three-foot tall Santa Claus decoration have been donated.
One person described the cast-off clothes and donated junk as “the disaster within the disaster.”

I imagine some folks donated such things sincerely thinking their items would still be useful to somebody. It is also probable, though, that others saw an opportunity to get rid of unwanted things and be able to feel good about it at the same time. Not only were they getting rid of stuff they did not want anymore, they were making a charitable donation. It was a win-win situation!

In Luke 21:1-4 we read of a time when Jesus watched people putting gifts into the temple treasury. In other words, they were making donations. The rich put their gifts in and a widow came and put in two mites: a very small monetary amount.

Yet it was the widow who gave the most, according to Jesus: “for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had” (Luke 21:4, NKJV).

It was no challenge for the rich to contribute great amounts to the treasury: it was not impacting their livelihood. They were getting rid of something, but they were not really giving.

We do well to consider what we give to the Lord: not simply in the collection plate but in our worship and our daily lives. Are we offering ourselves to the Lord as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1) or merely acting in a way that lets us look good and righteous without truly requiring anything?

Do not give the Lord your used underwear and broken toys. Instead, let us serve Him with sincerity, from genuine hearts that appreciate His grace and longsuffering.

-John Allan
Minister, Clinton Church of Christ

This entry was posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 8:42 am and is filed under Uncategorized.

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