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What does Your Giving Look like? (by Beau Carpenter)

BP 10-15-14

Mark 12:41–44 – 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. 42And 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.

Giving is never meant to be a comfortable easy thing that we do just because. It should be sacrificial worship where we are recognizing God’s preeminence in our lives. He is the one who owns it all and he is worthy of it all. Too often our American Christianity says give when it is convenient, give what you have left, but the Bible says give and give first to God.

Even the churches in Macedonia gave extravagantly. Look with me at the language used to describe their giving:

2 Corinthians 8:2–3 – How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;

These people gave out of their deep poverty, really more than that, their deep poverty abounded to their liberality! They had next to nothing, but they gave freely and joyfully! They gave to their power and beyond their power. They gave as much as they could and more than they could.

Jesus notices the widow who loved and honored God with her belongings. Many cast in great amounts, but she sacrificed and really gave what was dear to her. God please never let me get into the trap of holding back and not giving sacrificially because I am trying to take care of number one. I want to give in faith.

 

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