You won’t believe this true story. One Thanksgiving, a woman called Butterball for instructions to cook her turkey. But this wasn’t an ordinary Thanksgiving turkey. This turkey had been sitting at the bottom of her freezer for 23 years.

The woman asked the operator, “Is it safe to eat?”

The phone operator told her, “If it’s always been below zero, it is safe to eat. But I must warn you that it will not taste very good.”

“It doesn’t matter. I’m giving it to the church anyway.”

If love is measured by our giving, then how would this woman’s love be measured? She might have ‘loved’ the church enough to keep it in mind. But she didn’t love it enough to give it her very best.

Agape love is a feast or an abundance of charity. It’s not what you see in Hollywood or in the teenage world. I’m talking about love in the absolute sense. This love is willing to put the other person’s needs and feelings above its own. Instead of wanting to keep the best things for itself (or give away what is not considered valuable), true love gives from the heart. It gives selflessly like Jesus.

How much do you love the Lord? Your wife? Your children? Your church? If you love them as much as you say, how does your giving measure up? You may be able to give without loving, but you can’t love without giving. Take the love test today, and prove by your giving how much you love those closest to you.

The sower . . . has to turn loose the seed. He can’t grip it in his fist; he can’t hesitate to let it go; he can’t just sprinkle a little bit here and there – he’s got to generously sow it . . . if he expects to have a great harvest. — C.H. Spurgeon

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder