Hello and welcome to the seventh installment of The Matters of Money. I want to share with you a story in the bible – read this.
Mark 12:41-44 King James Version (KJV)
41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Did you know you can give the biggest offering numerically and be the least of givers in God’s eyes? As well, you can give the least offering numerically and be the biggest giver and God’s eyes. Now I don’t want you thinking narrow minded, this isn’t just about giving in church, this is about who and what you give to in your life as a whole. Everything you do for God has to be done from your heart. Everything else is not an acceptable sacrifice. I’ve seen people try to manipulate God by praying long, screaming louder, and giving the most, thinking that God is like man and looks at quantity as if it is quality. To the contrary, that is not how God thinks. He is never impressed with quantity, UNLESS it’s attached to quality.
Have you allowed your heart to slip away from giving? Do you just simply give out of routine to God and to others? Today I want you to examine yourself, and if you find yourself in this blog ask God to remove mindless giving from you, and to give you the heart of a giver.