Rather than elaborate on greed when I know we all know what it means, I am inserting the Parable about the offering the widow made at the Temple:

Luke 21: 1-4 - kjv - "What is the real significance of the offering the widow made at the Temple? As most people were making their offering from the abundance that they had been blessed with, here came a widow with no wealth, no possessions, getting by day to day. Yet, Jesus took the time to point out that her offering was greater than the others because she was giving out of her need. How could that be? You see my friend, it was not the greatest offering in the amount that she gave, but it was the greatest offering because of the heart that she gave it with."

The widow at the temple in today's scripture put in a mite, which is the equivalent of $2.00 in US dollars.

The widow gave because she not only had faith that God would meet her daily needs, but just as important, she gave out of obedience and an understanding of how God works.

You don't "give to get."
You give as an act of obedienc
You give as a form of worship
You give to bless others
and because you give with a pure heart,

God in turn blesses you. Never forget that His blessings come in many forms. Not just in money, but in things like health, safety, daily provision, and many blessings that we simply take for granted.

The amount that you give is not important...

It is being obedient to give what God tells you to give.
It is the heart and motivations that you give it with.
When you give sacrificially,

you are saying to God that you trust Him to provide for your needs as He has promised to, and that you are more concerned for others than yourself. Nothing touches the heart of God more than giving of yourself to others, much as He gave His own Son for the sins of this world. God understands sacrificial giving!!

Never forget this. ALL, 100% of what we have belongs to God and is simply on loan to us. So whatever you give, you are simply giving back a portion of what He has entrusted to you for this season. That is why you can't outgive God, IT IS HIS ALREADY!

Never let giving be something that you dread doing.
Don't ever let anyone force you to give what you don't want to.
WHAT YOU GIVE IS NOBODY'S BUSINESS! It is between you and God.
Just like the widow, give as God leads you to give,
give the amount He tells you to give,
and give it cheerfully. Giving is an act of worship.

When we give out of our need as the widow did at the temple, GOD WILL HONOR YOU FOR THAT!

Copied from Bill Keller with permission


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