Givin’…It Ain’t Yours Anway

by Jake Hershey on August 19, 2012

I’ve got a really good buddy who is the stereotypical cowboy.  He’s good with a rope, but not good with a credit card.  He’s handy with a horse, not handy with a checkbook.  He owns $10,000 worth of top quality tack and a pickup worth way less than that he took out a loan to buy (and is still paying on).  He’s got a pair of $700 handmade boots but doesn’t always have enough gas to get to town.   When cash money enters the pocket of his britches, a chemical reaction occurs that causes it to immediately start burning a hole in said pocket.  I understand…I often have the same problem…maybe our wives should switch laundry detergent.

This buddy is also a Christian.  He doesn’t just say it, he lives it.  The most important thing in his life is living for God.  And guess what?  God takes care of him.  Need an example?  I just happen to have one.  This buddy has been sharing a vehicle with his wife for quite awhile.  They were thankful to have it and made things work.  A couple of weeks ago, another cowboy who my buddy helped lead to the Lord years ago called him up and said he needed to talk.  They now live several hours apart and don’t ever get to visit, but my buddy went to meet him without thinking twice.  When he got there, the man told my buddy that he’d been learning about the principle of giving….and then he gave him the keys to a 4 door, 4 wheel drive, dually pickup.  He told’em, “I don’t know if you need it or not.  If you don’t, then sell it.  But God told me to give it to ya.”

Well, my buddy did need it.  And now he’s got it.  I rode in it a few days ago.  It’s a pretty nice pickup.  When ya consider what it cost him, it’s a REAL nice pickup.

If that surprises you, keep reading.  I was talking to another buddy the other day.  He knows a man who had recently given a lot of money to help in building a new cowboy church.  The man told him a story.  He said that the more money he gave, the harder it was…but that he knew it was what God wanted him to do, so he kept on doing it.  The church was recently finished and the man ended up giving way more money than he had planned.  He was glad to help, but was second guessing if he should have given such a large amount.  Then his phone rang.  It was a person he had lent a lot of money to many years ago.  The person never even attempted to pay him back and they hadn’t spoke in years.  That person said he had the money and wanted to pay him back….it was the exact same amount as what the man had given the church.

I used to think that all churches wanted was my money.  But as I got closer to God, He finally started to get some things through my thick skull.  One of those things was that the more I gave-whether it was time, money or possessions, the more I would get back…and that has been proven time and time again in my life.  The other thing I figured out was this-nothing I have is mine!  And guess what?  Nothing you have is yours, either!

I don’t care what it is…your house, truck, trailer, ranch, horse, dog, time, money or life.  It ain’t yours…it’s God’s.  You wouldn’t have it if He didn’t allow it.  He’s given it to ya, trusting that you’d take care of it.  You might have a nice pickup and you’re thinkin’, “I worked my tail off to buy this truck, it’s mine.”  Well, God caused you to get the work…and gave you the ability to do it….and saw that you got paid for it.  I don’t care what it is that you’ve got that you value, God gave it to you and it’s up to you to give back.  And I ain’t necessarily talkin’ about money.  Maybe you’re broke like the rest of us.  God still gave you the ability to see…and to read this…and to walk…and to talk…and a roof over your head…and a bed to sleep in….and internet access.  What are you gonna do with the things God has given ya?  You can hold on to them until they’re pried out of your cold, dead hands.  Or you can share them.  You can give back.  You can help someone else out ‘cause the Good Lord helped you out.

When we stand in front of God, we won’t have any of the “stuff” we think is valuable here on earth.  But he’s gonna ask, “What did you do with what I gave you?”

What will you be able to say?

“I gave back, I was happy to do it and you blessed me because of it.”

Or, “I held on to it….and it ain’t doin’ me a dang bit of good right now.”

 

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  2 Corinthians 9:6-7

 

Jake Hershey 8/19/12

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  • Greg Box

    Thank ya Jake for the awesome devotional!! Blessings to you and yours always!

    Greg

  • Oh, this is fabulous!!! So true, too…because we can never outgive God, never ever ever…and I’ve noticed that even in my most difficult financial times, when I give joyously, whether it’s time, money, whatever, God always blesses…and you know what? My bills somehow always get paid etc. God really takes care of those details.

    Thanks for sharing those cool stories. The one about the guy who got the truck really touched my heart especially. My father and I had been without a car for an entire year. We had to walk everywhere…and I do mean everywhere. It was hard. Then a relative gave us money to buy a car…and because we were able to pay cash on the barrel, we got it for below sticker price. I’ll tell you what…you never saw a lady so thankful for drink holders and windows and locks before 😉 🙂

    Greetings from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Jan Lewis

    I love this. My husband and I had an example of just that a few weeks ago. My husband is disabled and I work but money is always “tight.” We had a home repair need and had gotten the prices of everything we needed and it came to roughly $285.00 and we put that money aside. We had our middle of the week service at our Cowboy Church coming up that night and we were buying groceries when my husband said, “I sure wish I could feed everyone tonight at fellowship.”
    I told him that it was strictly up to him and he bought everything he needed to do so. It came to $150. We went home and I got on the phone to order what we needed for home repair and the woman informed us that everything we needed was on sale and this week only was no shipping charges. We save roughly $155. God had provided, just like my husband said He would.

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