Daily Devotional | Give With A Pure Heart

Mark 12:44
They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

God has blessed each of us with gifts, talents, and abilities; and we are to be good stewards by faithfully giving our blessings back to God with a pure heart. But what determines a pure heart?

In Mark 12:44 Jesus saw the widow offer her two small coins, He said she had given “out of her poverty”. It required great humility to offer those coins, a true lack of self importance. She knew her coins had no real value, but with a deep devotion for God and a strong desire to obediently serve she gave what she had. The widow offered her gift with a pure heart!

We are all called to this type of pure giving – a giving motivated by love, and “valued” by obedience. Our gifts to God may appear big or small in our eyes and in the eyes of the world, but when lovingly given in response to His leading, every gift is received as a sweet and fragrant offering.

Often times, giving is associated with money. Some people believe if their funds are insufficient, then there is nothing else to give. Regardless of economic status, if you have your life, you have enough to give.

  • How much does it cost to give some encouragement to someone who needs it? … It costs you your time.
  • How much does it cost to give a listening ear? … It costs you your time.
  • How much does it cost to do an outreach and help the needy? … It costs you your time.
  • How much does it cost to let a little old lady in front of you at the grocery store? … It costs you your time.
  • How much does it cost to come to a Bible Study? … It costs you your time.
  • How much does it cost to come to a Prayer Meeting? … It costs you your time.
As a good steward, we must present all we possess back to our Heavenly Father as an offering of love. Yes, this relates to our financial resources, but it also means we are to offer our gifts, abilities, talents, and time back to God through service and ministry to others. God created us (the complete package of who we are) for a purpose. We will need to spend good quality time with God to fully understand our purpose, but we can be absolutely sure that God has NOT blessed us so we can advance our own selfish agenda!  If you are seeking reciprocity in your giving, you are not giving with a pure heart. Ask God to purify your heart today.

How we give is much more important than what we give. Jesus was blessed by a widow who gave from her heart, even though the actual gift carried very little earthly value. If we want our service or ministry to have significance in the eyes of God, we must focus on the One to whom we are giving rather than on the value of the gift in the eyes of man. With our eyes focused, we must then give with all the love in our heart.

If our heart is pure in the giving, God will receive our offering as a true blessing. There are no worthless or insignificant gifts when the gift is given from a pure heart.

Do not hold back from giving every part of yourself to The One Who created you.

Scripture of the day:
 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. ~ Matthew 5:8 KJV  

From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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2 Responses to Daily Devotional | Give With A Pure Heart

  1. Pete says:

    I repent! After reading this, I am convinced that I am not doing enough!! Thanks for opening my eyes to see where I am lacking; to give more time to my God’s work, and the needs of my fellow brothers and sisters in the household of God.

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