Giving is meant to be a joyful expression of thanks to God from the heart and not a legalistic obligation. The value of our offering is not determined by how much we give, but how we give.
God Values Giving
It's a heart matter and a matter of trust.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to Him,
and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5 (New International Version)
Following along those same thoughts, Proverbs 3:9 begins to talk about tithing. Once we decide to give at least a tenth, or "tithe" of our income back to God, He promises us amazing blessings.
Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Proverbs 3:9–10 (New International Version)
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
Malachi 3:10 (New International Version)
This is a remarkable passage of Scripture where the God of the universe actually told His people to test Him, meaning to examine or to check this out to see if God was telling the truth.
God is a giver! He gave His son so that we might experience freedom in this life. He calls us to be "cheerful givers," to be generous towards Him and others and to rely on Him to meet our needs.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (New International Version)
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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 (New International Version)
There are three important points about giving in this story of the widow's offering:
1. God values our offerings differently than men do.
In God's eyes, the value of the offering is not determined by the amount of the offering. The text says that the wealthy gave large amounts, but the widow's offering was of much higher value because she gave all that she had. It was a costly sacrifice. Note that Jesus did not say she put in more than any of the others—He said she put in more than all the others.
2. Our attitude in giving is what is most important to God.
The text says Jesus "watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury." Jesus observed the people as they gave their offerings, and He watches us today as we give. If we give to be seen by men or with a stingy heart toward God, our offering loses its value. Verse 41 says the rich threw in their offerings, further indicating that they gave carelessly with no thought. The widow carefully put in her offering. Jesus is more interested and impressed by how we give than what we give.
3. We rob God when we fail to give offerings to him.
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:8 (New International Version)
This verse speaks for itself, don't you think? The picture of our financial giving simply reveals a reflection of our lives surrendered to God.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Romans 12:1 (New International Version)
When we truly recognize all that Christ has done for us, we will want to offer ourselves wholly to God as a living sacrifice of worship to him. Our offerings will flow freely from a heart of gratitude.
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