Giving vs Hoarding

“Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give (didomi in the Greek) than to receive’ (Acts 20:35).

“For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give (didomi in the Greek) His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

Beware of the hoarding spirit of our age.  It’s a bitter enslavement being obsessed with my money, my time, my pleasure, my enjoyment, my portfolio, my interests, my honor, and my estate.

Richard Newton writes:

There was once a Scottish nobleman — Lord Brace.  He was very rich, but very miserly.  He was so tight and stingy, that one day when a farmer came to pay his rent, the money he brought was just one farthing short, and the man had to go all the way back to his home, a distance of several miles, and get that farthing before he would give him a receipt.

Well, when it was all settled, the farmer said, “Now, Brace, I’ll give you a shilling if you’ll let me see all the silver and gold you’ve got.”

“Agreed,” said the miserly lord. Then he took him into his vault, and opened the great iron chests full of gold and silver, so that he could see it all.

Then the farmer gave him the promised shilling, and said, “Now, Brace, I’m as rich as you are.”

“Ay, men,” said his lordship, “and how can that be?”

 “Because I’ve looked at your gold and silver, and that is all you will ever do with it.”

About savedbygrace1976

Mark Chanski (author of Manly Dominion; Womanly Dominion; and Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul) has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of Harbor Church in Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He has also been elected as Coordinator of the Reformed Baptist Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Sacramento, CA. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 36 to 26 (born 1983 to 1994).
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