Sermon Illustrations

Often it is not just what we give but we give in relation to what we have. That’s the idea behind proportion. For instance, when I was in Atlanta as a youth pastor, we were feeding the homeless and passing out winter coats one fall evening. In fact, it was actually snowing that night! While I was ministering, a man approached me and asked me for a coat. But I didn’t have any left, and upon the leading of the Spirit, I simply sized him up and saw that mine would fit him. So I took mine off and handed it to him. And yes, it was new one someone had given me that week! But far better for him to have a coat than me. You see, that was different to him – because it was a gift given out of proportion. I gave him from what I had, not just from what others had.