God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:26
The other day I was scrolling through Facebook when a shared post from a friend caught my eye. It came from one of those "frugal" sites and boasted of a savings trick that could turn pennies into Christmas presents. Being a fool for click-bait articles, I followed the link, even though I was highly skeptical of the claims.
The challenge is pretty simple and straightforward. Save a penny on Day 1, two cents on Day 2, and keep this up for a year and watch the funds rise. At the end of 365 days, you'll have $667.95 in your piggy bank. For those doubting if it's some funny internet math, I checked the chart and the numbers line up.
A small act can have a big impact. Making those little investments consistently compound over time and begin to add up. Imagine if we applied this savings principle with a different currency, one we have an unlimited supply of - Christ's love.
Often the reason many of us are stingy when it comes to displaying service, humility, and love is that we doubt it will make a noticeable difference. Our "few pennies" won't matter in the grand scheme of things. Or, we wait for meaningful opportunities to present themselves, thinking when they show up we'll jump into action, be generous, and make a significant contribution then.
In the meantime, we end up squandering our energy, time, and resources by selfishly splurging on ourselves.
Every day we have an opportunity to do small acts of kindness, display His heart to the world, love boldly and be the CHURCH. Don't underestimate this donation. When we serve others, we invest in their heart and well-being. The interest that compounds through our actions not only funds another's soul but grows our faith and understanding of God.
Keeping up the habit does something within us. Over time, a windfall of His character gets deposited into our own. I'm not a financial expert, but that seems like a worthwhile savings tool.
- Where can you make an investment in the life of another?
- What small act of service can you do today?
God, let me be generous with Your love. Remind me that the transformation of my heart takes place when I'm willing to make small investments in it through serving others. Regardless of the size of the opportunity, let me faithfully step into the ones You present to me today. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.