generosity

by Jen Manning

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” 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.” (Luke 21:1-4, NIV)

Have you ever rationalized how much you are tithing to the church? Guilty as charged here. We can easily say different things in our minds as we monitor our tithing.  For instance, I gave an in-kind gift when I bought supplies needed for a project. Or how about, I worked really hard this week being a servant to others. Time is money, right?

Or maybe you are legalistic? I’m only going to tithe this much of my paycheck. I know I got a bonus, but this is what I normally tithe. Maybe you find yourself trying to decide whether to tithe from your actual bring-home pay, or to tithe what you gross income was on your paystub.

The one thing God says to test Him on is our finances.  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (Malachi 3:10, NIV)

Remember, you can never out give God. He gave us the ultimate gift, and it was a sacrificial gift. He gave His one and only Son, Jesus, so that we can spend eternity with Him. Now that is way more than tithing. The poor woman gave sacrifically as well. She didn’t give what was left over after all her bills were paid. No, she gave all she had. She trusted that God would provide.

Prayer: Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider, when we are called to do something for Your kingdom, you bless mightily back. Whether it be time, money, focus or worship. Thank you Lord for not counting and measuring my blessings like I’ve sometimes measured what I give to you. You can do so much more with my ten percent than I ever could.