Beyond Their Ability
I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own . . . (2 Corinthians 8:3).
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Song: “Give Me Thy Heart”
“You’ll have to borrow the money. It’s the only way you can build the addition you need. Besides, no one can raise that kind of money, especially a little congregation like yours.” As I drove home from my meeting with our district official, I pondered the facts: We had 90 regular attendees, half of them retired people on limited incomes. We didn’t have a building fund or extra money in the bank. Maybe the presbyter was right, but as senior minister I felt awkward putting our church into major debt.
That night, I took up my Bible, looking for direction. Everything I read told me to trust God for a way through this. At the annual business meeting on Sunday, I gave my report and let the church members decide. The vote was unanimous: no borrowing!
Our faith grew as the building fund increased. And . . . two years later we finished our half-million-dollar addition, debt free.
Lord, I am still amazed at what faith and sacrificial giving can accomplish. Your work at Calvary is my inspiration, where You put everything on the line for me. How could I do less? In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.
“Beyond Their Ability” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2009 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.