Would your giving refresh or depress Jesus?
In Mark 12, Jesus experiences a day of trial and testing at the hands of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Both groups were nonbelievers that wanted to catch Jesus and throw Him in prison. Their questions about taxes, marriage, and the commandments were traps they built to catch Jesus in blasphemy. However, our Savior knew their hearts. He fielded their questions like a champion. And then, after teaching a large crowd, the Bible says in Mark 12:41-44 that Jesus sat.
He chose to rest opposite the place where the offerings are given. Why?
Because the act of giving refreshed Jesus’ spirit. When He watched people give, He saw their hearts. And after a day of exhausting interrogation, Jesus needed to be refreshed by those who gave because they loved Him…He needed a moment of love, not persecution.
In Mark 12:42, Jesus watched a widow give all she had. Jesus was so impressed that He called over His disciples and told them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” –Mark 12:43-44
There were many wealthy merchants and men who put larger offerings in. Back then, the giving boxes were a type of metal that made loud noises, especially when a lot was given. People who made lots of noise gave lots and were impressive; yet, the one poor widow who came and threw in 2 mites (barely enough to survive a single day) made no sound in the giving box. When she put it in, it barely made a rattle, but it registered loudly in Heaven.
In the natural world, the widow’s offering didn’t make any noise. But in the supernatural, lights flashed, bells sang, but only Jesus heard the sound she made with her giving.
You, too, can be like the widow. You, too, can refresh Jesus’ spirit and give generously from the heart. The widow gave with abandon. She wasn’t fearful of the future or how, after she gave, she had nothing left. Her giving was a silent display of her trust in Jesus. And after a day of interrogation by people who didn’t trust in Him, it was probably nice for Jesus to see the widow’s faith in Him.
Our giving is encouragement to others and a good example of our trust in God. But we must be careful not to give loudly or for the purpose of impressing others. Remember, God looks at the heart of the giver, not the amount of which is being given.
God has placed you where you are, and given you all you have, for a reason. He is the great choreographer. And nothing you do goes unnoticed on His stage! He sees you, what you do, and most importantly, WHY YOU DO IT!
Ask yourself, today, where does my giving come from?
Living In Grace and Peace,
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