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GLAD TO HAVE AN OX TO SELL

A LAWYER AND A BUSINESSMAN were touring a foreign land.  Their guide was a missionary, who also served as interpreter. 

"That's a curious picture. I suppose they are poor," said the businessman, pointing to some workers in a field. 

"Yes, that's the family of ChiNoui. When the church building was being erected, they were eager to give, but had no money. So they sold the only ox they had and gave the money. This spring they are pulling the plow themselves."

The men were silent for several moments. Then the businessman said, "That must have been a real sacrifice."

"They did not call it that," said the preacher. "They thought it was fortunate they had an ox to sell."

The two men had little to say after that, but when they returned home, the lawyer took a picture of this family to his preacher and told him of the incident. "I want to double my contribution to the church," he said, "and give me some plow work to do. I have never known what sacrifice to the Lord meant. A converted heathen had to teach me. I am ashamed to say that I have never given anything to the church that cost me a thing."

"Verily I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than all they that are casting into the treasury: for they all did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living" (Mark 12:43-44).

Glad Tidings of Good Things, Vol. 14, April 11, 2008, page 1