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"I started thinking about all the ways that God has blessed me and what a wonderful life God has given me. Then I started thinking about how little I give to the church."
The story is told of a man who came into his pastor's office and gave him a generous check. It was much larger than any gift this person had ever given before, so the pastor asked what motivated him to make this gift. The man said, "Well, I was out hunting and came across a big momma bear and her cubs. The momma bear felt threatened and charged me. I tried to shoot her, but I missed. I took off running and was praying like crazy as I ran. Just as the bear was gaining on me I saw a hollow log and I dove inside it. The bear stood outside growling and trying to get at me, but couldn't. Then it started to rain. She got sick of waiting for me in the rain and went away. The only trouble was the rain caused the log to swell up and I was stuck in there and couldn't budge!"
The pastor asked, "How did you get out?"
The man replied, "I started thinking about all the ways that God has blessed me and what a wonderful life God has given me. Then I started thinking about how little I give to the church. That made me feel so small, I was able to crawl right out!"
God doesn't want us to feel small or guilty. God wants us to know the truth about his great love for us. He wants the truth of that love to set us free. He wants that truth to transform us and fill us with joy so that like Zacchaeus we become generous givers.
Story about why a man became a generous giver was told in sermon by Paul Larsen, Send the Love.
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