“The Chocolate Bar Incident”

So what do you think about giving to God? Is what we put into the collection plate a reflection of what is in our hearts? Is there more to giving than just the collection plate?

And too…Have you ever thought about doing something and it felt like the right thing to do but then you hesitated because you thought, “What if I look stupid? What if I end up embarrassing myself? Should I listen to my inner critic?”

There really seems to be a lot more here than just “What” (a candy bar) is being given. There’s also “Why” (because Jesus would like what we like) and “How” (using what we have worked for rather than what we have just been given).

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (NRSV)

As you thought about this comic strip, were you wanting to tell Caleb Joseph, “Give it to the poor kid at school who has no friends and no chocolate bars! That’s giving it to Jesus too!” in order to avoid this in the future? I was…anything to stop the inner self-doubt and criticism.

“And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’“ Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)

It’s not easy being in a place where you can either make Jesus happy or others happy but not both at the same time. Often you must choose.

8 thoughts on ““The Chocolate Bar Incident”

  1. I thought he should give the bar to Jesus. It was such a sweet thing to do. Giving to Jesus or others? Well, I guess I’d have to ask Jesus what he thinks in each situation. He did say that when we do things for others we are doing them to him too.

    We quit giving to the church long years ago when we saw what they were doing with their money. We now give our tithe to my sister, who was homeless for years. She now lives in a nice camper in a park. She needs money for food and gas. We did ask God about it first, and it seemed to us he said a big, “Yes, give it to your sister.”

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  2. John, I know a few of these flamethrower mommies! I love to give to the Lord at church now that I have dismissed unbiblical compulsion from the pulpit to tithe! I write out a check every Sunday with a smile on my face!

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