Have you ever sat back and just thought about what you would do with 90 billion dollars? Yep, that is $90,000,000,000.00. This is the approximate wealth of Bill and Melinda Gates. They are currently in the process of trying to give it all away. In this incredible article, Bill Gates tells us the two reasons why he is giving away his fortune. "According to Bill Gates, it comes down to two reasons: The work is both meaningful and fun." Yesterday, we read about Tabitha who was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. In the very next passage of Scripture, found in Acts 10, we read of another sacrificial giver named Cornelius. Take a look:
In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. 2 He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. 3 One afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. “Cornelius!” the angel said.
4 Cornelius stared at him in terror. “What is it, sir?” he asked the angel.
And the angel replied, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering! 5 Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.”
7 As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants. 8 He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa.
We are not certain what Tabitha's financial status was, but we do know that Cornelius was well off financially. Why is it that he would give generously to the poor? I imagine it was because the work was both meaningful and fun. Another reason to be generous to the poor is found right in the middle of this passage. "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering!" An angel speaking with an exclamation point! I have discovered a secret along the way, you don't have to be well off financially to be a generous giver! I believe we can all find people around us who are in need of prayer and generosity. God gave sacrificially. He loves it when we do as well!
With sincere love for each of you,