Who Cares Whether It’s an IRS approved Contribution

When Jesus told us to visit the widows, care for the fatherless, and the scriptures teach us to provide for the aliens among us, reach out to the lame and the blind, Jesus did not say, “By the way there is an IRS approved tax deduction in it for you”.   Our country has been blessed with tax legislation that recognizes a lot of charitable activity.   However sometimes we may be called by the Lord to give to someone with a need with no chance for a deduction.  In fact those kinds of gifts may be closer to what Jesus meant when he said, “When you give, do not let the left hand know what the right hand does”. 

A small portion of living out your love for God may be money.  More important is an attitude of the heart, setting aside time to serve, driving to the “scary” parts of town, doing some things you have never done before and learning new ways to do old things.  Jesus would have us to do the will of the Father.  My desire for you who are reading this is that you may listen to the voice of God and respond to what He is calling you to do.  This is what charity is really about.

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About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on June 11, 2008, in Not for the Faint of Heart! and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. jasonmcmurphy

    Too often we have even the slightest part of ourselves that wonders what we can get in return from helping. Great post, makes you think about what Jesus was saying about giving.

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