Generous Giving of One’s Self

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 A couple of Sunday’s ago,  I heard a powerful message on giving of oneself.   The Pastor asked a pointed question that I will in turn ask you:  What would sacrificial giving look like for you?  How satisfied are you with your ability to give?
The pastor made an interesting statement but probably had some truth to the heart of it.  He said that tithing 10 % is not necessarily generous for some people.  Whoa!!  This steps on many toes including mine.   But brings to mine that John Wesley a founding father of the Methodist Church, learned to live on little and give the majority of his income to the homeless and those in need.  To me this is such a powerful testimony of faith and giving.  He had his priorities right for the kingdom of God and aligns with what Christ encourages the rich young ruler to do which was to sell everything he had and give it to the poor and to follow Christ in his life.  Unfortunately, the young ruler was saddened and unable to let go of his things here on earth and chose not to follow Jesus’s advice and guidance.  Personally I feel Christ was challenging him on materialism and hit him at the heart of what was keeping him from a truly rewarding life in Christ. 
We could do far more for those in need than we do, but our minds do not focus always on the needs of others, but instead our minds often fall to our own needs, wants and desires.   Below we see the powerful love offering where  a widow’s gift was of more value to Christ than what others gave that day though they out gave her monetarily:

The Widow’s Offering

21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4 (NIV)

I know I feel good when I give my ten percent week in and out, but after listening to the pastor’s comment that day I feel I could do more.  There are times I feel like I should do more but I do not because of different reasons.   I think what hits me hardest with this passage is how Christ uniquely points out – “All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” 

Christ knows the heart and need of his children and their giving need and their giving intention.  The widow gave out of her poverty but trusted in God’s provision and put her hope in Him.  Do you think God provided for her that day? I believe she was fully blessed that day.  We don’t know how or  in what way, but we know God saw her heart deeply in the gift she gave that day. I feel confident in saying Christ didn’t let her leave without a blessing, an answer to prayer and the provision she needed that day.

When you give this week think about ways you can creatively bless others and serve others this week.  Instead of buying those designer jeans or purse or newest latest cell phone or tablet, consider giving that extra amount for someone who has less than you. 

God loves a cheerful giver, but he also wants us to give in a way that touches the lives of others.  Staying within safe boundaries is easy, growing more deeply in your walk pushes you outside the boundaries at times to reach others for His sake through generous giving.  You will have a more joyful walk with Him when you extend past those safe giving boundaries.

Let your lights shine today and this week!!

Blessings & Love,

Dawn

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