This past weekend, we ministered at Family Bible Church in Martinez, GA. We found the people to be excited about the Lord’s work and endeavoring to work towards a ministry of multiplicative discipleship. The pastor has begun discipleship with the goal of making disciple-makers. More American churches would greatly benefit by taking such a strategy.

After our meeting with the church was over, Andrew, a seven-year-old boy, helped me take some of our materials to our car. After he helped me pack some other things, we sat down and talked about legos and other nifty toys. As we looked through a catalog, he talked about the different toys that he had, what he was saving up for, and what he thought Athan, our 11 month old son, might be interested in. He told me that he had saved up $7.50 to purchase some additions to his toy castle. I had a good time talking with Andrew and was impressed by the focus he seemed to have on helping others, but before I left God used this boy to completely astound me with His ability to provide.

Having packed up all our belongings, I entered the boys house a final time to say goodbye to everyone. As I walked into the living room, Andrew presented me with $6.25 (out of his total savings of $7.50). What a precious gift. The whole drive home, I considered God’s working in this boy’s heart, God’s faithful provision through unlikely sources, and my responsibility to use God’s resources faithfully.

Laurel accurately compared Andrew’s gift to the gift given by the young boy in the feeding of the 5,000. Jesus miraculously fed five thousand men with the boy’s five barley loaves and two fishes. May the Lord use this $6.25 to spiritually minister to the youth in Romania as He used the little boy’s meager offering of loaves and fishes.


3 thoughts on “6.25

  1. That’s beautiful. Sometimes I wonder if my entire tithe given to church programs is anywhere near as effective as $6.25 given in love. It echoes around the world even now, changing people.

    Making disciple-makers… that’s a wonderful insight. “Ministry” is not a vocation – it’s a lifestyle of “considering others better than yourselves.” When Jesus said “you will do greater things than these” he was serious. A person giving some 90% of his savings away to this cause, not heeding the pervasive American greed – this is a “greater thing.”

    Would I give 90% of my savings away? But then I couldn’t get that new laptop I’ve been wanting. Or the bass I’m saving for. And what about my retirement? … but Andrew is richer than I am. “Where your treasure is…”

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