One of the greatest, if not the greatest, tightrope walkers in the World was a man named Charles Blondin. He would scale a tall pole over Niagra Falls and from a small platform he would walk on a steel cable that stretched across the falls. Well, you can imagine that this always drew a pretty good crowd of people. As he was walking the tightrope he would do different tricks for the crowd. He would jump up and down. He would do somersaults and headstands. Once he supposedly stopped halfway across the falls to cook and eat an omelet on the tightrope. The crowd would “ooh” and “ah” and cheer wildly every time he completed one of these tricks. Then he would return to the platform where he started from and he would address the crowd and sign autographs.
One day when he returned to the platform he did something he’d never done before. When he addressed the crowd he asked them “Did you like my performance?” Of course, everybody cheered. He asked “Do you think I could do it again?” Everybody cheered louder. “Do you think I could do it with someone on my shoulders?” The crowd went absolutely wild! So he asked, “Who would like to be the first volunteer?” You could have heard a pin drop.
Finally one man stepped out of the crowd. It was Blondin’s manager. He climbed to the top of the pole and he got up on Blondin’s shoulders. He did everything Blondin told him to do and inch by inch they crossed Niagra falls on that tiny 1 inch thick cable. When they got there, the crowd went absolutely nuts.
Everybody said, “You can do it!”, but there was only one man who truly believed and it was that man who stepped out of the crowd and put his life in Blondin’s hands.
Grace Giving is like that. It is a matter of faith and trust – we obey God and believe that He will meet our needs. But believing must be followed up with action. Giving proves our faith is genuine.
This Sunday, July 21, I will be continuing a summer sermon series, The Grace of Giving. The message this week is “Giving By Faith” from 2 Corinthians 8:13-24. We will talk about three words that will help us understand giving by faith: balance, equality, and accountability. God will never ask you to give more than you can give. But He will always ask you to trust Him a little more with your giving.
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.