Mark 12:41–44 (ESV)

41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

How much money do you give to your local church? Do you give a lot? Do you give a little? Do you even give at all? Maybe, you would like to give, but you don’t feel like you are able. Whatever you do, though, I would encourage you to give to your local church. Not because someone makes you put your money in the collection plate, or because you are reluctant to let go of that hard earned cash, but because the Lord loves a cheerful giver!

See the example of the widowed woman, who didn’t have much to put in the offering box at all. Yet, compare what she put in versus what the rich people put in. These rich people had large sums they would put in and it looked impressive, I am sure. Then, this poor lady who has no husband to provide for her any longer drops in what she can give. Jesus says that the rich people all gave out of their abundance, but in her poverty she still had it set in her heart to give. She wasn’t reluctant to put it in the offering. She wasn’t compelled by others to give what she had, but she gave from what her heart had decided. It was everything that she had, all that she had to live on! Imagine giving that much each time you decided to give. I am not telling you to give all you have to the church, but know this: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work (2 Cor. 9:8).”

God will supply your needs. Don’t worry about how much you put in the plate compared to others! Stop comparing yourself to those rich people who can put in much! Stop belittling those who can only put in a little, while you put in much! Put in what you have decided in your heart and do it cheerfully unto God. For he loves a cheerful giver! After all, everything you have has been given to you by God to be a faithful steward over and it is only right that you return to him your worship and gratitude for his gracious gifts! Don’t worry about how you will make it to your next paycheck. God will provide. Trust in his providence and his grace.

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