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By Zach Elliott
Special to Valley News 

The Leftovers


Last updated 8/7/2019 at 1:33pm

Just like many of you, I have a garage sale or two every summer. It’s almost an American tradition. The heat comes, the days get longer and the garage sales start poppin.’

I love it because it allows me to clean out my garage, get rid of some junk and make a few bucks to hit up Chick-Fil-A for lunch. After every garage sale, and just before lunch, I load up what I couldn’t sell and head to the Salvation Army to donate my unsold fodder.

That’s the generous thing to do, right? Or is it?

Want to know a secret? I have driven to the Salvation Army many times in my life, and I have never left there feeling like a generous man. Not once.

Do you want to know why? It’s because I was only giving away my leftovers. It cost me nothing. It was no sacrifice on my part to give away what I was most likely going to throw away.

True generosity is a sacrifice. It costs us something. That’s why God tells us to “not forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God,” according to Hebrews 13:16.

It’s the principle of giving more than we receive.

Jesus demonstrated this principle for us just before he went to the cross when he said, “No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily,” in John 10:18. And sacrifice it he did: totally, utterly and completely.

He gave everything that day. He literally paid it all. And not for himself, he did it for you and for me. He paid the debt of our sin that we couldn’t even dream of paying. That’s true generosity.

Are you giving more than you receive? It means we must live a life of generosity, not leftovers. Give people your best. Give God your best. He deserves nothing less.

Zachary Elliot is the lead pastor of Fusion Christian Church. For more information, visit


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