In The Christian Reader, Paul Francisco writes:

When I was a child, our church celebrated the Lord’s Supper every first Sunday of the month. At that service, the offering plates were passed twice: before the sermon for regular offerings, and just prior to Communion for benevolences. My family always gave to both, but they passed a dime to me to put in only the regular offering.

One Communion Sunday when I was nine, my mother, for the first time, gave me a dime for the benevolent offering also. A little later when the folks in our pew rose to go to the Communion rail, I got up also. “You can’t take Communion yet,” Mother told me.

“Why not?” I said. “I paid for it!”

This child’s humorous story shows a very adult attitude. We may think we can earn God’s salvation.

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