A very wealthy man in the community was not known for his generosity. The church was involved in a big financial program so the fund-raising committee decided they had to pay him a visit.
As they met with him, they said that in view of his considerable resources they were sure that he would like to make a substantial contribution to this program.
"I see," he said. "So you have it all figured out, have you? In the course of your investigation did you discover that I have a widowed mother who has no other means of support but me?" No, they responded, they did not know that.
"Did you know that I have a sister who was left by a drunken husband with five children and no means to provide for them?" No, they said, they did not know that either.
"Well, did you know also that I have a brother who is crippled due to an automobile accident and can never work another day to support his wife and family?" Embarrassingly, they responded, no, they did not know that either.
"Well," he thundered triumphantly, "I've never given any of them a cent, so why should I give anything to you?" (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)
Eze 16:49 (BBE): “Truly, this was the sin of your sister Sodom: pride, a full measure of food, and the comforts of wealth in peace, were seen in her and her daughters, and she gave no help to the poor or to those in need.”
“After giving something to God, you are no longer accountable for it. Your blessing is based on your giving, not on what others do with the gift.” - Ed Cole.
“Give according to your income, lest God make your income according to your giving.” - Author unknown.