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 21:4
It is very common for the wealthy to give money to charities to help them out. Often it is done out of their excess money and in order to get a tax break later on. It is seldom done in a way that it breaks into the money needed to survive on.
This type of giving is actually often followed by most people, whether they are poor or wealthy.
Jesus had seen a widow give just a few pennies into the offering at a temple. He said that she gave out of her need, giving more than the wealthy.
The practice of giving out of excess wealth is just as common in the church as it is in the world. Many believers give as little as possible, the ten percent or less.
This way of giving is found not only in giving of tithes and offerings, but also in giving others parts of one’s life for God.
Many believers will give just a little bit of their time to prayer or studying God’s word. Often they will give even less to witnessing or discipling others. The giving is done out of their excess time or money, but not what they live on.
From Genesis to Revelation, believers are told to love God with all of their life, not just a part. This means that one is to give all that he is and has to God for God to work with.
As a believer gives everything to God for His work, God will provide all that is needed. The provision can be in food, finances, health, strength, energy, favor and more. The giving believer will never see a lack of what is needed, because he is trusting God in giving everything.
As you give to God of your money, time and efforts, determine how much are you really giving. Are you giving only out of your excess or out of your left overs? Or are you giving it all?
Do not be stingy or selfish in your giving of offerings and services.
Jesus gave all He had to give you life. He laid His life down for you. Be willing to give everything you have for God. See how God will honor that and meet all of your needs in abundant ways.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will know what God gave you; that you will know God’s provision for your life; and that you will give all of your life for God to use.