You’ve probably noticed him in the front pew of the sanctuary swaying with the deacons, dignified and neatly dressed in his Sunday finery. A kind and gentle spirit, his name is Glenn. Glenn is 67 years old. Early in life, he was a normal bouncing baby boy until a bout with pneumonia and encephalitis when he was six months old left him with severe cognitive impairment.
Today, Glenn can neither read nor write, but he deeply understands the Word of God, and he lives to praise the Lord. Reliable as the morning sun, he is never late to service. Never has he fallen asleep; and most of all, Glenn loves to tithe.
While a young boy, Glenn’s attempt to join the Body of Christ was vetoed because it was believed that he did not fully understand its meaning.
But later, fully aware, with profound spiritually and most joyfully, Glenn offered his life to Christ at Shiloh seven years ago. Reluctant to be submersed, it was the compassionate hand of Pastor Smith who departed from Baptist tradition and baptized him through pouring. Glenn emerged with a new-found passion – TITHING.
His possessions amount to no more than the widow’s mite, but Glenn tithes with enthusiasm and the purity and innocence of a child. Mark 10:15 reminds us of Jesus’s words, “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
Glenn was most proud to receive tithing envelopes engraved with his own name; and he won’t let the tithing basket pass without dropping his envelope in it.
He makes no excuse because he knows that he is sustained solely by the loving hand of God, and not his own. Though some of us fear that if we tithe, we won’t have enough money to live on, Glenn trusts in the words that Jesus spoke to the disciples,
So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we
Wear?” Your heavenly Father knows that you need these things. Seek first His kingdom,
And His righteousness and all these things will be granted to you.
Glenn lives with a visible disability, but he is NOT spiritually dis-abled. His disability does not prevent him from having a relationship with God. When the altar prayer is lifted, Glenn is always in deep concentration and his audible praises are right on target.
Because of his cognitive limitations, Glenn is not caught up in the minor cares of society. But what appears as a dis-ability to the world is actually a spiritual hyper-ability for Glenn! God mercifully preserved his ability to love deeply, to know Him fully and to be joyfully obedient to His Word. In this way, Glenn is a tithing example for all.
Glenn is present today, fully cognizant of this occasion and excited to make his tithing pledge commitment public.
Perhaps you were a tither before, and fear or worry led you to doubt God’s promise; or maybe you have never adopted the practice of tithing. Like Glenn, I invite you now to let go of whatever worldly concerns are holding you back from trust and obedience.
The deacons will be in the aisles with yellow Tithing Commitment Cards. This will be one of the best decisions you will ever make, and an indisputable turning point in your life.
Let go, open your heart, and let God prove the words of His Son.