Luke 21:2-3 2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
Sacrificial Giving flows out of an understanding that everything we are and have is a gift from God. When we give a portion of our time, talent and treasure—money, we are expressing our commitment to this reality.
When we consider our participation in Sacrificial Giving, we need to include our time and talent as well as our money. Just as in giving money, giving time and talent expresses our gratitude to God who has given us these gifts. Our gifts of money do not substitute for gifts of time and talent. Neither does time and talent substitute forgiving of financial resources. All are gifts from God.
One way to get God’s attention and attract divine favour is to give sacrificially. That was demonstrated by the widow that gave her two mites in Luke 21. It is interesting that what she gave was small in nominal terms relative to what the rich gave, but it was her gift that caught Jesus’s attention. What was so different about her giving? She gave sacrificially all that she had, even though she was poor. That meant that she would have had no idea how the bills were going to be paid as she would have nothing left. She did it anyway. The statement that she was making was that her faith and trust is in God, not in her money.
Life Application: Be purposeful when you give; let it catch God’s attention. And the only way to do that is to give sacrificially each time you give. Doing so will accelerate and magnify your success on the earth.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I admit that giving sacrificially is hard. I often consider the many things that I need to do with my time and finances and as such it becomes a struggle to give. Help me to give unto you the very best of my time and resources recognizing it is YOU who give us the power to create wealth. Help us to give only the very best to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.