And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.[a]3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings [b]for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” Luke 21:1-4
Everything we do in the kingdom of God must please the Father and that includes our giving. You must learn how to please God with your giving because it is what guarantees your harvest. However, it is worth noting that God doesn’t need your money. It is a fact that no one on earth has any amount of money that could topple the wealth of our God.
To put things into perspective, everything, and I mean every single thing on earth and in the universe came out of Him. Therefore, it is rather a privilege to give since we are direct recipients of its benefits – the very reason we must do it to please God. Our opening verse highlights the bad attitude people have towards giving. The rich, as being described in the verse, gave because they thought they had more to give.
They gave out of the pride of what they thought they had. If the attitude of your giving is because of what you think you have, then you have missed the essence of your action. You will not please God with your giving just because of what you think you have to offer.
Jesus rebuked this attitude and made it clear that such behavior doesn’t make one’s giving acceptable. A child of God, no matter how rich he/she is cannot give just because of what he/she has. Our giving must make an impact in heaven.
The Only Way To Please God With Your Giving Is To Give In Faith
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
It is an error to do anything in the kingdom of God without faith. Faith comes by hearing of the word of God and as such, anything done in faith must come from a clear order of the Word. It doesn’t matter how much you possess in your bank account, one does not give to flaunt possessions.
The widow was commended because it was her very last and from all indications, she responded to the Word to give differently from those who thought they had more in their reserve. It doesn’t matter how much you are giving, if the attitude and heart behind your giving are wrong, it is acceptable.
So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is[d]for you, but you should rule over it.” Genesis 4:6-7
Cain was angry that his offering wasn’t accepted. But the way his brother prepared his offering might have been influenced by faith. He had a clear understanding of whom he was going to give the offering to and prepared it accordingly. Faith will bring you to appreciate the value of God. Faith is the only way you can please God with your giving.
The Word must come to enable you to give in a way that pleases the Father. The widow gave her all – she put her whole life on God. Others gave out of their abundance and that didn’t please God. Please God with your giving by learning His ways and acting accordingly. Don’t give because you have so much to give – let faith arise in your heart to influence what you give.
The point is, your financial reserve may inform you to give 10,000, but through faith, the Father will be please if you give 20,000. Your reserve could inform you to give 5000 when God wants you to give 2000. Learn to please God with your giving by acting on His Word. Stay blessed
Read Further: Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:7
Prayer For Today
Holy Father, I thank you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the faith and grace to give. I pray that my giving shall be acceptable unto thee. Let faith be the motivation of what I give. Amen