By James Meredith | November 19, 2012
“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc, is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.” — C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
As we enter this week of Thanksgiving, a gateway to the holiday season, we’re often reminded of the role of selflessness, servanthood and sacrifice in our Christian faith. That’s what makes this quote especially poignant. While we often think of giving in financial terms, it extends in principle to the expenditure of time and energy as well, especially in these hectic days.
Whether we’re giving in service to the Lord, or in response to a need in the church or community, may we go beyond what is convenient, and look further than what we can spare at first glance. True giving will cost us. When we reflect on the One who came to earth as our Ultimate Sacrifice, we gain a startling sense of what sacrifice on behalf of another really means. With God’s help, we can take the resources He has placed in our stewardship and make a difference in our world in the days and weeks to come.
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