Fran Meservy Easter Sunday 1976 by Al Meservy

Giving Myself by Frances M. McCrory-Meservy 1971

Al and I lived on base in Rhode Island.  There was no local Baptist Church so when I went to church it was at the Chapel on Base.  Most of the sermons I heard were on TV or the radio.

Al did not want me to work so I stayed home and took care of our home and children. 

If anyone needed a shoulder to cry on or help, they would call me and I would help them.  Al did not want me to help anyone.  He kept saying things like, "You have no idea how many people make fun of you because you help everyone."  I would respond with, "If I do what God wants me to do, when I need help God will see that I get everything I need."  This is the statement that would eventually cause Al to realize that God is real.

I had been listening to a lot of sermons about tithing and began to feel bad because I was not giving to the church. 

I prayed and asked God if I should tithe.  He showed me that I did not have an income and therefore could not give.  My husband was not a Christian and he would be angry if I gave his money.  God said all he wanted was me and my time. 

Years later after Al was born again and I was working I again asked God if I should give money somewhere.  He told me to give most of my money to Al because Al had the gift of giving and He would tell Al what to do with it.  He still just wanted me (my time).  I assume that because we are one when we marry that when Al gives, I am also giving.

I don't want anyone to think they should not give because God told me not to.  He has a different calling for each of us.  Pray and ask God what He wants you to do. 

When God gave me a mission field later, He also told Al to take over the bills and handle all the money.  He did not want me distracted by monetary decisions. 

1 Th 3:12-13 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

Mat 10:8-10 "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. "Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, "nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.

Mat 16:25-26 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mat 25:37-40 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

Luke 6:27-38 "But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, "bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. "To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. "Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. "And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. "But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. "And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. "And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. "But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. "Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."

Luke 11:41 "But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.

Luke 14:12-14 Then He also said to him who invited Him, "When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. "But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. "And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just."

Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk."

Acts 6:3-4 "Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; "but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

Rom 12:20-21 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

2 Cor 9:7-9 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: "He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever."

2 Th 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

1 Tim 4:13-16 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

1 Pet 3:15-16 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

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