To the natural eye, small is always small and big is always big. Even when it comes to our act of giving, it is so.
God loves givers because He Himself is a giver. He gave and continues to give His best. He expects the same quality of giving from us.Â But He is not only interested in the quality but also in the quantity of our giving. It doesnâ€™t mean when we give to God, we have to give in large amounts. Nor does it mean smallness.
Here is a beautiful story that explains it. â€œLooking up, [Jesus] saw the rich people putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw also a poor widow putting in two mites (copper coins).â€ – (Luke 21:1-2)
To the natural eye, what the poor widow offered was little and what the rich offered was abundant. None will find anything wrong with that observation. However, from Godâ€™s point of view, it wasnâ€™t so!
Let us read the rest of the story: â€œAnd He said, Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; For they all gave out of their abundance (their surplus); but she has contributed out of her lack and her want, putting in all that she had on which to live.â€ – (Luke 21:3-4)
This passage shows us how God measures the quantity of our giving.
1. God measures our level of willingness.
He isnâ€™t just interested in the amount of something that we give, whether it is time, finance, skill or whatever. He is more interested in our level of willingness that gets us to give. That is not visible to the natural eye. But God sees it. He loves those who give without any mind-restraint â€“ 100 percent willingly.
â€œGod loves it when the giver delights in the givingâ€ – (2 Corinthians 9:7)
2. God measures our level of devotion.
Devotion is a heart thing. And God measures it in our act of giving. He wants to see how much commitment and dedication go into our giving.
In fact, giving shouldnâ€™t be for the sake of giving. It must be a sign of our commitment to Jesus and our dedication to do whatever He requires from us. For instance, through tithing (giving 10 percent of our income to God) and offering (giving beyond tithe in the interest of Godâ€™s Kingdom), we are declaring God as the source of all blessings and our respect for Him.
3. God measures our level of abandonment.
God not only sees how much we give but also how much we give up!
Yes, God loves to see us abundantly blessed in every area of our lives. His plan is not to take things away from us. But He also loves to see us giving away things for the sake of His Kingdom as well as helping others. And the more you give away, the more itâ€™s going to come back to you for the simple reason that you can never out-give God!
â€œTruly I tell you,â€ Jesus replied, â€œno one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fieldsâ€”along with persecutionsâ€”and in the age to come eternal life.â€ – (Mark 10:29-30).
So, remember: to God, small is big when itâ€™s done right!
Question: What do you say about the quantity of your giving? Do you need to improve in this area? Add your comments below in the comments section.
– – – written by Joe Abraham from www.joeandancy.com