When it comes to Christian giving, are you still somewhat in the dark as to how to appropriately respond? The apostle Paul put it simply and succinctly, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. Whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” Paul explained further that giving is an individual matter that is settled in the privacy of one’s own heart. Second, giving requires resolve; by this Paul meant that it is to be based on a calculated decision and not a matter to be settled lightly or impulsively. Paul also emphasized that giving is to be a private, not a public, decision. Therefore any chance for public acclaim or special recognition just won’t happen. Humility becomes the order of the day.
Yes, the amount we give to God privately and from the heart shows our real priorities. When we give less than what we know we should, it is obvious that He is not at the center of our lives. Remember the poor widow in the book of Mark who gave the most though her gift was the smallest? The value of a gift is not determined by its amount, but by the spirit in which it is given. Therefore, when you give, take time to remember that gifts of any size are pleasing to God when they are given out of gratitude, a humble and joyful heart, and a spirit of generosity. How are God’s many blessings affecting your heart and your giving spirit? Is there true joy in your world?
In this week’s show, Reverend Christina Thompson takes listeners through Mark 12:38-44 which says (ESV):
38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,40 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
About Reach Out and Trust
Reach Out and Trust is a faith-based 30-minute program brought to you each Sunday morning at 7:30 am and 11:30 am. Reach Out and Trust is a ministry of Whitney United Methodist Church here in Boise. Rev. Christina Thompson is the pastor at Whitney and each week brings her sermon to the radio. Each program is designed to encourage trust in the Lord and seeks to bring everyone who listens to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Related: CURC–The Widow’s Offering