This section is from the "How To Pay Church Debts And How To Keep Churches Out Of Debt" book, by Rev. Sylvanus Stall. Amazon: How To Pay Church Debts And How To Keep Churches Out Of Debt.
The most liberal and at the same time the most cheerful contributors are those who statedly lay aside into a private treasury that portion which they design for the support of the gospel and benevolent purposes. The most cheerful contributor we have ever had among our own people was one who kept a purse, which he called the Lord's purse, into which at regular and frequent intervals he placed a part of his income for benevolent purposes. No worthy cause was turned away empty. Each member of his family were life members of the American Bible Society; every one who labored for him were made life members of the County Bible Society, and in like manner he contributed to all benevolent objects. It is really refreshing to meet such men. Rev. L. A. Gotwald, D. D., in writing of one with whom he had been associated in a former charge, says:
"I often asked him for contributions toward various benevolent objects, and was never rebuffed nor refused, his only question ever being, 'How much ought I to give?' Sitting with him in his office one day, and conversing on this subject of benevolence, 1 said in substance to him: 'Mr. W., I often ask you for money for religious and charitable purposes, and you always give, and give liberally. May I ask you how you manage to be able always to do so? Have you a plan or system in your beneficence V Turning in his chair, and pointing to one corner of the room, he said to me: 'Do you see that safe? In that safe is a secret drawer. The drawer is marked 'The Lord's Drawer. Into that drawer, at the end of each week, I deposit, as nearly as I can estimate it correctly, the one-tenth of all that I have made during that week. I do this as regularly and systematically as I attend to any other business transaction - for that I regard also as business, my business with the Lord. Having once thus deposited money in that drawer, I then regard that money as no longer in any sense mine. It is the Lord's. I am simply the custodian and disposer of it. And hence when you, or any other of the Lord's accredited agents call upon me, and say that the Lord sent you here for some of his money in my hands, it is the easiest thing in the world, and a real pleasant thing also, to go right there to that drawer, and pay out to the Lord his own money - not mine, but his. That, sir, is my plan, and that is how I always have something to give. How much did you say you wanted to-day?"
Surely no better method could be devised which will enable the contributor to give "heartily as unto the Lord."