Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:43-44
How well do we give to God?
In today’s social media driven world, we so often fall to the temptations of a society that we think judges us on the kind of car we drive, how large a house we live in and what kind of vacations we take (and immediately post on Facebook about). No matter how strong we think our faith is, this “material possession” urge encroaches on our ability to honestly evaluate how well we are giving to God. We tend to work incredibly hard to justify our material purchases (“I really deserve this after working so hard” or “We need more space” or “We’ve just got to get away”). But when it comes to being faithful givers, we are equally, if not more, adept at finding reasons why we can’t give more (“We’ll step it up after the kids get out of college” or “I’ll give more when I get that promotion” or “It’s just not the right time”).
In Mark 12:43-44, Jesus makes it crystal clear that the value of our gifts are determined by the spirit in which they are given and the cost to the giver. Both of those concepts speak to the condition of our hearts, not our pocketbooks.
If you haven’t done so, try giving God 100% of your heart – after all, that’s what He really wants. Doing so will free you for joyful obedience to give cheerfully & sacrificially at all times, knowing that by doing so you are honoring and fully placing your trust in Him. It’s an amazing feeling (and an incredibly peaceful one) to know that you were 100% faithful and obedient in your giving. It may even make you want to tweet it from the mountaintops!
Heavenly Father. Open our hearts and minds to be a generous giver. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to each of us so that we learn to be obedient to You in all things. In your precious name, we pray. Amen.
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