Giving with a Pure Heart

19 Mar

I am reminded of the story of the poor widow in Mark 12:41 “And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.42 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.”

This account is also recorded in Luke 21: 1 -4) Truly this saintly poor woman’s devotion to Papa God  has given us one of the most meaningful and shortest stories in the entire Holy Bible. As we read about the last week that Jesus Christ of Nazareth spent walking upon this on earth before he went to suffer on that cross and was gloriously resurrected. This woman entered the Court in the Temple at Jerusalem and cast into the offering chest her two mites, which was probably hardly enough to buy much of anything I would imagine. At this point in time as the Passover Holiday was underway many people came from far away into the Holy City to partake of the seven days of the great annual Feast of the Jews, and this woman would have simply passed by unnoticed as she gave her small offering.

However nothing escapes Papa God’s notice as He sees everything and knows everything.  The Lord see your heart and here the Lord Jesus’ saw the  devotion of this women who gave all she had to help further the Kingdom of God. Her sacrifice made a huge difference to the Lord Jesus as He has preserved her story to us in His Holy Bible.  From most peoples perspective her small offering would not make much of a difference, but the devotion behind her giving it was another matter. That is the sort of devotion our Lord is seeking from each one of us.

Because it is from this type of devotion, the Lord uses to help spread the Gospel throughout the entire world. It is from this devotion to Christ ministries have been brought forth, orphanages and  hospitals have been built, organizations are established to help care for the needy and broken hearted, that help feeds the hungry and encourages all those the devil has imprisoned someplace emotionally, spiritually and physically.  I dare say that today more people know about this nameless poor widow than about all the richest people in Jerusalem of her day. What an honor she is given here and in Heaven. Because she simply gave out of her heart full of love for the Lord.

How many professing Christians on the other hand, get uncomfortable when the offering plate is passed around and resist the Lord who is gently speaking to them to give unto the Lord’s work and help support where they are being feed the Word of God? Instead they sit on the wallets and on their potential blessings as well. That wonderful women, who had lost her husband  to support her still understood that as she gave with a joyful heart the Lord would supply all her needs. She  gave with a pure heart simply to see the work of God carry on.

Because she trusted in the Lord that even if she gave all she had, the Lord would always provide for her in all things. Philippians 4: 19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. How often have we missed out on being a blessing to someone and as such a blessing to the Lord? Today is a new  opportunity to give with a pure heart and trust the Lord to provide as you do. Blessings PASTOR CASPAR

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