“God has given us two hands. One to receive with and the other to give with.” –Billy Graham
During his ministry, Charles Spurgeon and his wife would sell eggs for extra income. They refused to give any of the eggs away, even to family and friends. Because of this resilient practice, their motives were often questioned, and they were even labeled by some as being greedy and selfish. They would tell even the closest of friends, “You can have them if you pay for them.”
It wasn’t until after Mrs. Spurgeon died that the full story came to light. The profit they made on the eggs went to financially supporting two elderly widows. Not wanting others to know about their generosity, the Spurgeons were willing to silently endure criticism.
Jesus said, “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth” (Matthew 6:3). If the Spurgeons lived in our day, they would be tempted to advertise their benevolent work on social media. Perhaps they would receive an award for the most generous minister in town. They could even hold seminars on the 10 successful steps of generosity. But instead, they refused to let the left hand know what the right hand was doing.
The motive behind our benevolence is just as important as the benevolence. And if you are worried about who’s keeping score, then I submit, God is keeping up with it all, even the eggs.
Daily Reading: II Kings 12-14
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