Christian Giving

1 Cor. 16:1-5 (2)

R. G. LeTourneau, the Christian inventor, businessman and entrepreneur made his mark in the world in an unusual way. His account chronicles a sixth grade dropout who went on to found a University. In 1915, broke and discouraged after numerous failed attempts in life he went to his pastor, Rev. Devol for advice. Expecting to be told that to be a totally committed Christian he would have to become a missionary or a pastor, he was surprised to hear his pastor saying something totally different. Rev. Devol said, God needs business men too!” From that day, R. G. LeTourneau considered his business to be a partnership with God. Even though he was continually in debt he gave generously to the Lord’s work. After the Great Depression, his business began to prosper and eventually he decided to give 90% of his income to God. He liked to put it this way, “It’s not how much of my money I give to God, but how much of God’s money I keep for myself.”

When we come to realize that the penny that we are pinching is not really ours, but God’s, we will be less selfish in our economic practices and more generous in our benevolence. When we come to realize that the dollar that we are stretching is not ours, but God’s, we be more careful of how it is spent and more free to give it to support the work of God.

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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