Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
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: 41-44
I’m sure many of us have read this passage before either in the early years of Sunday School or via the teachings of our parents. We’ve read about the woman, who put most of what she had into the treasury of the church. She chose to give what would have been of great financial value to her. She donated what her livelihood depended upon. She did this because she wanted to give an offering for the Lord and this was all that she had to impart.
Jesus later tells His disciples that this woman gave her highest offering when compared to all the others at church. What He meant was it’s not her money that contributed to the treasury of the church but her willingness to offer all she had. It was her heart that made the Kingdom of God rich not her money.
What are your thoughts about giving your tithe to the church (ministry of Christ)?
It is written in the Bible that one should give one-tenth of his/her earnings to the church to expand the kingdom of God. But do you think God is actually going to count whether you gave 2% or 9.5% or 10%? Is it the value that matters to Him? Does God really need your money? After all isn’t it He who has blessed you with all you have? Or do you truly believe that?
Or maybe we can be cautious to give to the church wondering if this money is actually going to be used for God’s kingdom? Is it actually blessing ministries and those in need?
The Bible says to care for orphans and widows? Does the church really do that?
Let me share with you an incident of a friend of mine. Let’s call her Maria for privacy reasons.
Maria is someone who in her own words loves to celebrate Christmas opulently. She brought all her decorations, lights and all things Christmassy in the months of after-Christmas sales so that not only does she have plenty for the season, but also saves a buck or two. She always got her house decorated right from the start of November and would create elaborate menus for her family dinners. That’s the month she takes out all her fancy Christmas dinnerware and cutlery. So well…you get an idea now- Maria loves Christmas!
She is also known as the best gift giver in her family because of the thought and time that she would put into all her personalized gifts for her family especially the kids.
However last Christmas, was her worst one; or so she thought at first.
She had to move away to another country for her work and was on duty in an unknown environment, with complete strangers and no family nearby. Sure enough once December rolled by her misery was compounded since she had no one to share her Christmas Spirit with.
Accepting that she couldn’t do anything about it, she tried to make peace with her plight. But she still chose to stick to her giving-rituals. She gave her tithe as usual to a ministry she was very fond of. It wasn’t much but without a second thought, she gave just like she did every month.
A week before Christmas, much to her surprise, the founder of that same ministry, called her up to thank her for the donation. (This ministry was one that caters to orphaned children and their upbringing). She wondered why there was a personalized call this time unlike all the other months.
The founder then told her that a month back they were short of money and was about to cancel any Christmas celebrations for the kids. A week later was when Maria’s donation arrived and now not only could they celebrate Christmas but celebrate it with individual gifts for all the children.
Maria couldn’t believe what she was hearing. She had never given a thought to how her tithes/donations were being used. And in the moments that she was so lonely away from her family, God decided to not just cheer her up but also bring cheer to children who had so little.
This incident always brings a smile on my face!
God gave His best to us. So why should we hold back from giving ours to Him?
Remember He does not need your money or any kind of blessings of yours. Do you and I depend on the blessings that the creator has poured upon us or is it the Creator we trust?
You never know how your blessings can be used by God, but first, you and I should be willing to share it with others.
This Christmas choose to share your blessings with the less unfortunate. Bring a smile on someone’s face by giving a tithe of your time. Remember it’s not how much you give but the way in which you give.
Be a cheerful giver this season!