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.
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.
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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