What Ten Cents Can Do

From the team: This post is from guest blogger, Ginny Melby.

Laura was a very poor woman. She didn’t have much money at all, but she still promised God the first 10% of all the money she had. One rough year, she nearly reached the end of her rope. There was only $1 left in her bank account, and still she promised to give 10% back to God, even though that meant putting only ten cents in the offering plate. It was the least she could do to thank God for all she’d been given.

Second Corinthians 9:6–15 is a passage that encourages believers to be generous givers, and it’s amazing how many promises God makes to us! If you give generously, He promises you will …

  • Reap generously (get a good return for your labor).
  • Have all grace abounding to you.
  • Have ALL that you need, with plenty left over to share with others.
  • Have righteousness.
  • Be remembered affectionately in the prayers of others.
  • Be made rich in every way.
  • Cause others to thank God.

What an offer! This passage only uses words of fullness … Abound. Supply. Increase. Enlarge. Rich. Overflowing. Never once does it say you’ll be lacking anything!

You might be thinking, What can I give? As a college student with little money, I can be tempted to give less than I should, making up excuses about why I’m not in a position to give. But the passage in 2 Corinthians never specifically uses the word “money.” Giving with your time, talents, and treasure are all ways that we can be generous givers. I love to write notes, so I can give encouragement to my friends by writing them uplifting letters, and sometimes I’ll surprise my neighbors by sending them baked goods anonymously. Glorify God with whatever gifts or talents He has already given you.

In Mark 12:41–44, Jesus teaches us that we all have something to give. At the temple where many rich people were donating money in large amounts, a widow came over and dropped in two pennies.

Jesus told His disciples in verses 43–44, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions.  For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

Although the rich people gave lots of money and made a big deal of it, this widow was praised for giving a very tiny amount of money wholeheartedly. She gave out of thankfulness.

God wants us to give cheerfully! I so easily forget what belongs to whom. Everything I have is from God, and what a privilege it is to be able to give back to Him! Christ gave everything for us on the cross—His glory, His reputation, even His own life. I pray that we would find such great joy in being generous for the Kingdom. It is truly more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).

Remember Laura? Well, God blessed her generosity and took care of her. The day after she put ten cents in the offering plate, Laura was offered a job. God graciously gave her a house, car, and steady income, all because she honored Him with her treasure. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7), and He promises to supply all that we need (9:8)! So what are we waiting for?

About Author

Ginny Melby is a senior at Wheaton College in Illinois studying elementary education. Combining her loves for travel and the Lord, Ginny hopes to move overseas to be a missionary teacher after college.

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