[God never misses a thing, he is always watching.
God not only sees and
records your every action, but He records your every motivation.
We must be reminded that God does not look on appearances, He observes
[1 Samuel 16:7
. . . the LORD seeth not as man
seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the
[Giving to get – There are many who give to:]
[Receive social standing –
They give to be seen, and hope for a
return in business, politics, and or standing as a result.
These love to sound the trumpet.]
[Receive spiritual balance
– They sense that they owe a debt to God and instead of receive the salvation
offered through our Lord Jesus Christ they hope to purchase their eternal
redemption through their giving, and philanthropy.]
[Giving to get may get you mortal and community
stature or a personal false sense of hope, but Giving to Get will always end in
immortal shipwreck and tragedy.]
[Jesus was watching in the treasury that day just
as God is watching your actions and your motivations!
God never misses a thing or a thought!]
The Message (vs 42-44) [–
“And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which
make a farthing. 43 And he called
unto him his disciples, and
saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in,
than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all
they did cast in of their
abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had,
even all her living.”]
- Two sides to Jesus words:
Encouraging to those who have little (Psalm 37.16; 2 Cor 9.7) [- Don’t
make the mistake of thinking your offering is too little and insignificant to
give. Don’t make the mistake of
thinking that your gift will mean nothing in god’s kingdom.
Your Heavenly Father weighs our gifts upon a divine scale unlike any
known to mankind. The Bible reminds
A little that a righteous man hath
is better than the riches of
many wicked. ]
of a mite]
[Her offering was two coins, so small they were called lepta
(literally, "peeled" or "fine," the idea being a tiny thin coin).] [C. E. B.
Cranfield, The Gospel According to St. Mark (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker,
1966), p. 386.]
[The miniature lepton was worth only one four-hundredth
of a shekel, or about one-eighth of a cent.] [William L. Lane,
The Gospel According to Mark (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1975), p. 442]
Willing Sacrifice Makes The Difference. What made this widows gift
valuable was the level of sacrifice it
represented. Jesus noted that
she gave all that she had. She gave
a hilarious gift to our Lord, where others were giving mere comfortable gifts.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in
his heart, so let him give; not
grudgingly, or of necessity: for God
loveth a cheerful giver. ]
[Your sacrificial gift, given in submission to our Lord
and for His Kingdoms work will be worth more than all of the treasures stored in
Calvin once said,]
["The Lord encourages the poor, . . . If
they consecrate themselves,
their offering which appears mean and
will be no less precious than if
they had offered all the treasures of
to those who have much (1 Tim 6.10).
[We should not assume that Jesus disapproved of all the
offerings of the wealthy. Very likely there were some wealthy folks who had
noble motivations. The Bible does
not teach that riches are evil in and of themselves, but when we trust our
riches more than God, now that is when the riches become our God.]
[1 Timothy 6:10
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some
coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through
with many sorrows.]
[The ability to give on a scale that is not possible for
others can produce a delusion of superiority and spiritual safety.
Calvin once said,]
["Those who have a richer supply . . . are
told that it is not enough
if their generosity far exceeds the
commoners and the underprivileged,
for with God it rates far less for a rich
give a moderate sum from a large mass."
The Motivation - Four observations
The Submission of Giving
(1 Sam 15.22; 1 Cor 13.3; 2 Cor 9.7)
[- When it comes to giving, the posture of our hearts makes all the difference.
There are two sides to submission -
[To submit or
turn in. The I.R.S. does not care whether I give willingly or grudgingly
they just require that I submit or pay my taxes.]
[To submit as in
to humble or become compliant.
This is a matter of the
heart. God cares about the
issues of the heart, as well as obedience.]
[1 Corinthians 13:3 3 And
though I bestow all my goods to feed
the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,
and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.]
Every man according as
he purposeth in his heart,
so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a
cheerful giver. ]
["Not What we give, but what we share,
For the gift without the giver is bare;
Who gives himself with his alms feeds
Himself, his hungering neighbor, and Me."
The Substitution for the Gift (2 Cor
9.7-11) [- God can do great things with tiny offerings.]
[God replaces a properly given Gift with His
abundance and ability.]
7 Every man according as he
purposeth in his heart,
so let him give; not
grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
is able to make all
grace abound toward you; that ye,
always having all sufficiency in all
things, may abound to every good work:
9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed
abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the
sower both minister bread for your
and multiply your seed
sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
Being enriched in
every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us
thanksgiving to God.]
[Sacrificial giving is not so much about the value
of your sacrificial gift, your sacrificial gift may not seem like much, but is
about what God can do with your sacrificial gift.]
there is love and sacrifice with the giver,
there will be spiritual power in the gift
. . .
what the Church needs is not larger gifts,
but gifts given with the positive
spiritual quality of the poor widow."]
The Subtlety of the Gift (Matt 6.3-4) [-
At the Judgment Christ will square His accounts.]
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right
hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may
be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee
[There is no evidence that the widow ever knew what
Jesus thought of her gift. She
won't know until the Bema of Christ.]
[Yet she has been immortalized in the enduring Word of
God for all generations.]
[God's rewards for proper giving may be barely
perceptible or subtle, but they are eternally rewarding.]
The Subjugation of the Gift (Rom 2.11) [-
God is sublimely egalitarian (equal).]
For there is no respect of persons with God.]
[All are equal in the site of God.
All of us can do great things for God.]
["God does not want our money, He wants
you and your heart.
Yet, we cannot give ourselves to Him apart
from our money."]
[Illustration - Cirrhosis of the Giver.]
[There is a disease which is particularly virulent in this
part of the twenty-first century.
It is called cirrhosis of the giver.
It was actually discovered about 34 A.D., and ran a terminal course in a
couple named Anaias and Sapphira (Acts 5).
It is an acute condition which renders the patient's hand immobile when
it attempts to move from the billfold to the offering plate.
The remedy is to remove the afflicted from the house of God, since it is
clinically observable that this condition disappears in alternate environments
such as golf courses or clubs or restaurants.]
[Actually, the disease is really not a motor problem, but a
heart problem. The best remedy is
to fall in love with God with all your heart, for where your heart is, there
will your treasure be (Matt 6.21).]
CrossRoads Baptist, November 11, 2007