Giving That Pleases the Lord (Luke 21:1-4)
The Lord Jesus observes our giving.
Jesus “looked up and saw” the rich and their gifts. He saw this poor widow and her gift. He still sees every giver and gift!
Jesus evaluates the cost of the gift to the giver
Since the Lord observes and evaluates our giving, we must give as unto Him.
This widow’s giving pictures two things. It shows us how we should respond to the great love of Christ. We must give Him our very hearts, which certainly includes our money. If you’re not giving faithfully and generously to the Lord’s work, it shows that you don’t love Jesus as much as you should.
But it also points us to Christ’s total self-giving for us on the cross. As Paul put it, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).
He took our sins on Himself so that God could be both loving and just in offering us a complete pardon. To please God with your monetary giving, you must first receive His indescribable gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Then, out of love, give Him your heart. And show it by giving costly gifts to please Him. “A giving Savior ought to have giving disciples” .
✍️🔥Mrs. Kalaiselvi Balakrishnan in Jesus Christ 🔥✍️
When our Lord observed a widow putting two smallest of coins into the temple offerings, He praised her for her extravagance. Not because of how much she gave, but because she gave all she had. It’s the kind of gift that not only honors my God, but also reminds me of the most extravagant of gifts to me—Christ. God is worthy of all. My little is a lot when I give my all.
Truth is: Gratitude of heart can often be seen in a generous spirit.
🔸WHAT IS NEXT?
Peter wept bitter tears of repentance and later was gently restored. When I commit a sin, the most important thing is what I do next. I faced a choice—to repent and confess it to God, or to continue denying that I have a sin problem. I don’t want to compound it with another sin. I take it immediately to the Lord in prayerful confession. The most important thing is what I do next!
Truth is: Denial compounds our sin; confession cancels it.
*To God be the Glory ! *
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