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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Faith of a Child

I heard a story yesterday that touched my heart so deeply. I have to share it with you here. Grab a tissue and read on...

My nephew's six year-old son had heard about their church's upcoming ministry to provide a Thanksgiving meal for the poor in their area and he wanted to help. Unbeknown to his parents he took his little money box to church with him this past Sunday and desired to give its contents to the church. Between the Sunday School hour and the preaching time Connor approached the pastor of their church and told him he had $7 dollars that he wanted to give for the Thanksgiving dinner. He lamented that it wasn't very much, but he wanted to share it. The pastor inquired, "Are you sure you don't want to keep this for yourself and buy something?"
"Oh no. I want to give it so the poor people can eat."

During his message on "Little is much" the pastor called Connor to the platform to join him. Giving him a microphone he asked him to tell the folks what he'd brought to church with him. Conner replied,
"I brought $7 with me so the poor people could eat Thanksgiving dinner. I also have three stones in my box. They are real pretty; they came off my mom's bracelet when it broke. I thought maybe the church could sell the stones and get some money for them."

These stones were of no great value, but they seemed it to little Conner, and they were valuable to the Lord too...

The pastor asked Connor if he would pray. He did, 350 people in the auditorium not withstanding! At the end of the service two people approached the pastor and wanted to buy those stones. One was purchased for $20; the other for $100! God took that $7 and turned it into $127 because of the faith and the giving heart of a little boy that wanted to serve.

Wow! What a rebuke to my own heart. Am I willing to share what I have in such a generous way so that people's needs can be met? Isn't that what Christ did and what He calls us to do? Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Oh that we would be as willing to reach out, to care for the physical as well as the spiritual needs of others instead of being consumed with ourselves!

Is our faith as strong as this child's? What is it that you're needing today and for which you're doubting God's concern? He's as concerned about your needs as He was in providing a buyer for Conner's stones. Come to Him as a little child. Pour out your heart before Him and watch Him provide.

Thanks, Conner, for teaching your aunt a valuable lesson!

1 comment:

hkeels said...

What a testimony of Connor's love for the Lord.