Author John Maxwell recounts the story of a father and his son having a meal together at a fast food chain. The father reached over to sample one of the boy’s french fries and said, “Mind if I have one of these?” The son gave his father a stern look and said, “No, those are mine!” He didn’t want to share. He didn’t want to give up one single french fry to his dad. Unamused by the boy’s reaction, the father had three immediate reactions about his son…
1. He doesn’t understand where french fries come from.
2. He doesn’t realize that I could take all those fries from him or bury him in french fries if I wanted.
3. He doesn’t know that I can get my own fries and don’t need his.
John then asked the rhetorical question, “I wonder if God ever has similar thoughts about us?” Obedient givers recognize that God prospers the gift, then the giver for future giving. A common excuse that some will have towards giving is that “mine is so little.” We must quickly understand that God prospers our gift. God first supplies (9:10) and then God multiplies (9:10).
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.