PICKERINGTON, Ohio — According to the WASHINGTON POST, a church ordered a pizza from Domino’s during a church service. What happened next drew national attention:
The driver brought the $5.99 pizza to Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington in suburban Columbus on Oct. 4. The Rev. Steve Markle brought her onstage and asked her the biggest tip she’d ever received. She said about $10.
That’s when Markle told her the teaching at the church had been about generosity so the congregation had taken up an offering for the driver. She broke into tears.
The young woman was moved to tears because the congregation tipped her more than $1,000 from the offering.
We hear a lot about mega churches paying mega pastors mega salaries to build mega ministries. But how many churches, regardless of size, get an “atta-boy” from the Washington Post? And it was all because a pastor decided to pass an offering plate to bless a young woman--a stranger to them--and the members responded generously. It cost the church budget nothing, yet this simple act drew national attention to this ministry. In a world where generosity is rare, the echo of it travels far, indeed.
Take as another example the early church. Although marginalized and severely persecuted, the fledgling church changed the world through countless small acts of love and generosity. Rather than meeting big budgets, they focused on meeting the demonstrable needs of others, and their love and generosity has echoed down to us today.
But as great as it is for a church to actually get some good press, the most significant thing about this story is that this offering wasn't taken for the media attention, it was taken to please God. And suely it did, for God loves it when we are generous. He loves it and He uses it. That's because the world isn’t impressed by the size of our churches as much as by the size of our hearts.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).