This story happened just before Christmas in one of our Foursquare churches. You might want to file it for use next Christmas, as it is one of the most profound stories of God’s provision that I have heard!
A recently-disabled single mom attended a morning worship service. As the offering was being received, she placed five dollars—all the money in her purse—in the tray. Her mother, who was an unbeliever, cautioned her to not frivolously give away what little money she had. But the young woman declared that she felt compelled to place all of her trust in the God who had given His only Son for her.
After church, the pastor learned that a couple in the church had brought Christmas gifts for the single mom and her son. The pastor had the gifts transferred from the couple (who insisted on remaining anonymous) to the young woman’s car. Among the gifts, there was also an envelope.
Riding home from church with her daughter, the grandmother opened the envelope and discovered that it contained $500. Weeping, she said to her daughter, “I never knew that the God you serve could do something this great!” In just over an hour, the Lord had given the daughter a hundredfold return on the $5 she had put in the offering. The unbelieving grandmother gave her heart to the Lord on the spot!
Now she is a walking billboard to anyone who will listen. Her daughter and grandson experienced a kindness that day which led to the revelation of a God who gave His Son for a world that, for the most part, hardly recognizes its need of Him! What are we waiting for? Let’s trust Him with all that we have. He’s waiting to release His unlimited treasure; imagine who might come to faith because we act in obedience?
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” -Matthew 7:11 (NKJV)
By: Glenn Burris Jr., general supervisor