Mark 12: 41 – 44 – ‘Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.”’
It is wonderful to have an abundance and bless others on account of being blessed ourselves. However, if all of your wealth was taken away would you still desire to give? Would you still give?
At one church I attended, the congregation was encouraged to fast and pray around the end of the financial year. As we came into a new financial year we were to consider what God had placed on our hearts to give to the church. In this way, they could plan for their next financial year. I distinctly remember my mother committing to giving her first week’s wages from her home run business to the church as a love offering.
She was trusting that God would provide enough finances for her for the rest of the year, and through this acted in obedience by giving first, knowing He could provide all her needs. Imagine her delight after this act of obedience when she received a tax return that covered that exact amount she had given!
It’s not a guarantee that we’ll receive back what we’ve given – that isn’t what giving is about. It is a guarantee that when we act out of obedience to God, He will bless us. Sometimes it has to truly cost you in faith – and finances – to test what you consider first in your life – God or wealth.
Wealth tip: You only win with an exponential increase. If you put money into a savings account, this earns interest. Once this is earned, the interest earns its own interest. You can’t lose!