Let Them Eat Cake: Radical Giving from Limited Resources

I am in Trafford Pennsylvania right now with my husband and six year old son. We are staying with some good friends of ours, the Cables, visiting their house church.

A couple of days ago, a group of us were sitting around the table talking about our love for chocolate cake and a young couple from the church casually said, “You haven’t had chocolate cake until you’ve had the chocolate cake from Max and Erma’s.” Before long they said they had to get home because their kids were getting cranky.

Instead of going home though, they decided to stop at Max and Erma’s and get several pieces of cake for us.  They came back, cake in hand, and let me tell you, this was the richest cake I have ever eaten. It was so rich it was hard to tell where the layers of cake started and where the chocolate filling ended.  Needless to say, it was delicious.

It was such a simple thing for them to do but I was touched by the sentiment behind their act of generosity.

It turns out that this sweet young couple has four young kids that they home school and dad is currently unemployed.  I don’t know if they even considered the cost – all I know is they wanted to bless us with something they knew we would enjoy.  And even when tried to give them money, they refused it.

It reminded me of what the Apostle Paul said about the Macedonians in 2 Corinthians 8. He reminded us that, Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.”

They did not give out of their wealth, they gave out of their limited resources, but that makes it even more beautiful.

That is the kind of giver I want to be.  I want to act first and think later.  Give more than I have, and trust that God will take care of my needs.  If all we have is offered to God to bless those around us, I know that we will be blessed in the process.

While I’m sure God was speaking to them that day, I don’t think He was saying, “Let them eat cake,” but I do believe He was saying, “It is more blessed to give than receive” Acts 20:35.

We certainly didn’t need the cake, and they could have done many other things with their money, but it wasn’t about the cake.  It was about listening to God, not only with the radical act of giving something huge, but also with the daily, little things.

And when God calls we get to answer with a big fat “Yes.”

What about you?  Is there something, big or small, that you can do to bless someone today?  If it is your lack of resources holding you back, go for it.  Take a risk.  Be radical.

Ringless in Christ,

Ali Eastburn

With This Ring


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2 Responses

  1. This lesson is so true. We often become so wrapped up in our hectic daily lives that we lose focus on what really makes life worthwhile….. giving to others.

  2. This is so very true. How sweet of them to give! It’s the little things like that,that really touch people. I love how God uses people! Praise be to HIM!

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