GIVING IN THE LOCAL CHURCH

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“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. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.”
Mark 12:41-42

Dear Believer, it’s important you know that Jesus cares about how you give. You can fold it in the palm of your hands a million times, or wave your crisp notes for the world to see, but you can’t hide it from Jesus.

You can’t hide from him how much you give, how much is left or your motive for giving.

True generosity can’t really be measured by how much you give, but by how much is left after giving. If you doubt these, check out the story of the widow with two mites in today’s text.

If one person who has ten naira gives nine Naira and another person who has a million naira gives twenty naira, it would be false to think the latter more generous.

If you’re honest with yourself, you would agree that the millionaire may go on being rich for the rest of his life, and the fortunes of the other person may not change overnight. So why then is the way you spend your money important to God?

It is because money is a spiritual stethoscope; the way you spend your money tells the condition of your heart.

If your heart is in the gospel, then you must put your money where your heart is, sponsoring the spread of the gospel. If you’re truly saved, you must have a heart for the poor.

The Apostle Paul comments on the Corinthians’ giving thus:

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.”
2 Corinthians 9:12-14

He refers to generosity as “the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ.”

Paul reiterating the words of Jesus in his discussion with the people of posits:

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to GIVE than to receive.”
Acts 20:35

The believer is a natural giver. That’s the nature of Christ we have received.
If you truly believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, then it must be reflected in how you use the resources God has committed to your trust.

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