Luke 21: 1 – 4 – ‘As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you the truth,” 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.”’
There will always be someone wealthier than you. There will also always be someone more generous. Chances are, the two of these are not the same people. It is quite easy for people to give out of their wealth – although many don’t. It is much more difficult for someone to give away that which they cannot afford to part with.
This is true generosity and we see this example from the widow referred to in Luke 21. Jesus wasn’t impressed by those giving out of their abundance; He was moved by a servant heart giving when she couldn’t afford it.
When we trust God to provide for our every need, we can give with a generous heart, even if logically we can argue that we can’t afford to. When we have abundance, we should challenge ourselves to give until it hurts. We are in a better position than the poor to give, and yet often we restrict how much we will give to God or to bless others.
Don’t think about others and their wealth. Think about what you need to live on and give as much as you can. Challenge yourself to give some that you feel you need to live on. See that God doesn’t provide for you and bless you because of this generosity.
Wealth tip – be proactive six days a week to bring in income, develop residual income and increase the value of your property; rest on the seventh day knowing you have been hard working and that God not only ordains, but insists on His people resting so they don’t burn out.