– Randy Alcorn
What do you have that you can give away that costs you nothing? Your time. Our church provides a church service for a local nursing home and it costs us nothing but our time, but this fulfills what James said is “pure religion” as he wrote, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27). Anyone can act religious or talk religious, but true religion is doing; visiting the orphans and the widows, and guess how many at a nursing home are widows and orphans? Almost all of them!
Your time costs you only one thing; it takes away your own time from doing the things that you want to do, but so does your talent. Every person in the church has been gifted by the Holy Spirit and everyone has some God-given talent that can benefit others. Our music worship leader has a great gift for singing, reading music, playing the piano, and other such things, so his benefit at our church services at the nursing home costs him nothing, but it means everything to these residents.
Last, but not least, is the giving of your treasure, or your money to help others, but even that is in your best interest because Jesus says of giving that we are to “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38). By giving to others, you will “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt 6:20).
Randy Alcorn wrote a lot about heaven, but he saw that “He (or she) who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity.” Why? Because their rewards will be there waiting for them, but truly the greatest reward is seeing Jesus face to face, for the very first time, and to me, that is priceless.