Visit Kent's new ministry Making Life Count www.makinglifecount.net
for printable Bible studies and video teachings

Click here for more stories on Kent's Devotionals Blog

The Sure Cure For Worry Slaying Your Giants Pastor Abusers Book

Giving

Take the Hint

After she woke up, a woman told her husband, "I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for our anniversary. What do you think it means?"
 
"You'll find out tonight," he replied.
 
That evening, the husband came home with a small package and handed it his wife. She opened it to find a book entitled "The Meaning of Dreams."
 
Kent Crockett's Sermon Illustrations, www.kentcrockett.com


Generous in Theory

A missionary once asked a new convert, “Pablo, if you had a hundred sheep, would you give fifty of them to the Lord’s work?”

He answered, “You know I would gladly give them.”

“Pablo, if you had fifty cows, would you give twenty-five to the Lord’s work?”

“Yes, you know I would be more than happy to do that.”

Again the missionary asked, “Pablo, if you had two pigs, would you give one of them to the Lord’s work?”

“That’s not fair,” Pablo replied. “You know I have two pigs.”

Many people are extremely generous in theory but not in practice. They say, “If I only had a million dollars, I would give half of it away.” This is simply not true. If we aren’t faithfully giving even ten percent of our money right now, we wouldn’t give away half a million dollars if we had it. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 151-152)


If Our Offering Means Nothing

If our offering means nothing to us, it means nothing to God. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 71)

Loving the Object of Our Gift

Giving isn’t hard if we love the object of our gift. But if we don’t love the recipient of the gift, giving is extremely difficult. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 71)

A Moving Sermon

Two men were standing outside of the church in their underwear. One man said to the other, "That was the most moving sermon on giving that I've ever heard!"


How to Die to Self

"Giving our money to the Lord is one of the ways we die to self." --Kent Crockett  www.kentcrockett.com



Not Willing to Pay So Much

A husband on a business trip decided to buy a gift to take home for his wife. He asked the store clerk, "How much does this perfume cost?"
"This bottle costs $30," she answered.
"Thirty dollars!  For that little bottle?" he exclaimed in disbelief. "Can you show me something cheap?"
"Sure," she replied. 
She handed him a mirror.
Kent Crockett's Sermon Illustrations, www.kentcrockett.com


Proof of Your Love

Although we can give without loving, we cannot love without giving. Giving our money to the Lord proves that we love Him more than the things we could have bought with it. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 71)

Cross Reference:

The Cost of Bitterness

Give With the Right Attitude

How Do You Make Others Feel?


Topics: