This post is a sermon that I wrote. So when it says “talk” and stuff like that it is on purpose and not bad writing.
If you don’t mind, I’m going to talk about offering in a not so typical way. I’m not going to talk about when you tithe the Lord will bless you, even though it is true. I’m not going to talk about the law and debate whether or not we as Christians should tithe and give offerings. Nope, I’m not going to talk about those things. I’m going to talk about the ACT of giving, the ACT of tithing. More particularly, the heart.
Let’s look at Mark 12:41-44: “And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
If you are confused with the verse let me explain. Jesus did one of his favorite activities, people watching. Man he loved to people watch. Anyways, he’s watching people give offering, he’s watching the rich put in HUGE amounts of money, and he’s watching others put in not so much. But the story focuses on a woman, described as a poor widow. She only gives two copper coins, the equivalent of a penny. Jesus tells his disciples that the widow’s offering was worth more than anyone else’s. Not because of how much she PUT in but because she gave EVERYTHING. The others put in a lot of money because they could.
I think the importance of the story is that the widow sacrificially gave. She said in her heart, “I know God’s going to do great things. I KNOW He’s got a plan. He will provide for me.” You can give $1,000 but if you’re not giving out of your heart then what’s the point? If you do it so you can boast, I should remind you that Jesus says do not give to be praised like the Pharisees do, but give in secret. It is better to be the one who gives what seems to be little but in reality it’s all you could give.
It is better to give from the heart than to be a superficial giver. God loves a cheerful giver. But he also loves a giver who gives from their heart KNOWING that God will do something BIG.
Now let me clarify something. I’m not telling you to give everything you have. Now if God is telling you to do so, then it’s up to you. And if you feel like he is telling you to, make sure it is him, and not another voice. It might not be the most wisest idea to give everything you have. What I’m trying to say and hope you understand, tithing and offering is an act of worship. And like any act of worship, in order for it to be sincere, true, and pure, it MUST come from your heart.