Giving

Two-year-old Julia was sitting with her grandmother in church. The grandmother gave Julia some money to put in the offering basket.
Julia watched as the basket came closer to her. Finally she dropped in her money. Then she shouted so everyone could hear, “Hey, people! Give me my money back!”
Julia was two years old. We can understand why she didn’t want to give up her money. But sometimes we act like Julia, too. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, Paul said, “Each person should give what he has decided in his heart to give. A person should not give if it makes him sad…God loves the person who gives happily.” In our Bible Reading today, God encouraged the Jews to give to Him. And He promised to bless them for their giving.
What about you? Will you be like little Julia and want to keep your money, or will you freely give to God so His kingdom can grow?