Do you have the faith to be generous?

Ask God for what you need. “2 You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:2-3); “6And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).

On a Volunteer-in-Mission trip to Costa Rica, our team was blessed to be led in worship by a local contemporary worship band using guitars and drums. The service was held in a screened-in shelter employed as a chapel at the rural camp where we stayed and also was used by our team for storage of extra supplies donated by churches in our Conference.

At the end of the service we collected an offering for the worship band and their congregation. Then, our lead pastor asked the worship leader if there was anything the band really needed. You could tell that he felt it was a little outlandish to ask, but shared that they had really been praying for a long while for an electronic keyboard. At this, our lead pastor walked to the back of the chapel and from the pile of extra supplies pulled a brand new electronic keyboard and presented it to the band.

Needless to say they were as amazed as we on the Mission Team were. You see, before taking off, we had debated the value in carting a keyboard, along with our Vacation Bible School and Dental supplies, over 2,000 miles to rural Costa Rica. Yet someone had been moved to donate it, so we trusted God to find a use for it and for us.

God asks for our support in many ways and we can’t always anticipate how our generosity will be used for God’s purposes. We must simply have faith that our gifts are pleasing to God.

Jason Mahnke