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In a certain dilapidated church, the roof was about to fall and needed urgent repairs. The Pastor called for an emergency meeting inside the church to show the members the dire need to raise funds for repairing the roof. While the Pastor was appealing to the members to contribute generously, one affluent member was sitting quietly without offering a contribution. The Pastor knew that this person was very stingy and so he called him by name and asked him how much he could give. This member got up from his seat and very reluctantly replied. “I am willing to contribute Rs. 3000/-.” Even before he could sit down, a small portion of the ceiling fell from the roof on his head. The member was very much shaken up by this and he said. “Not Rs. 3000, but I will give Rs. 30,000. The Pastor felt that he could give much more, so he looked up at the roof and prayed, “ Lord, hit him again, a little harder.”

The Ulterior Message

Let us give a lump sum contribution to the church, in the first instance, before the Lord can strike us first, because He knows our Bank balance. The Secretary of a certain church was a stingy person whenever he was asked to give money for a worthy cause. He was in the habit of taking gifts from people but never giving from his pocket. One day this secretary fell into a deep pit as he was walking on the footpath. He was shouting for help and incidentally the Pastor of his church was passing that way and hearing his voice, he came to rescue him. The Pastor stretched out his hand and said to him, “Give me your hand and I will lift you up from the pit. The Secretary simply refused to give his hand, even after repeated pleas from the Pastor. The Pastor suddenly remembered that the Secretary was not in the habit of giving and so he changed his words and said, “Come, take my Hand.” The Secretary immediately responded by taking hold of the Pastor’s hand and was pulled out of the pit.

The Ulterior Message

‘Take and then give’ is not a good policy for a Christian. We have to first give to God and then God will take care of us when we fall into trouble.