- God is the source of all that we have. In Psalm 24:1, we read “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it” the world, and all who live in it;
- We are stewards of all our possessions
Today we are talking about sacrificial giving. Sacrifice can best be understood with reference to the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, people offer blameless animals for the atonement of their sins. In Leviticus 22: 20-33, we read of animals that shall not be used for sacrifice to the Lord because it will not be accepted; do not bring anything with a defect, it must be without blemish, Do not offer blind, the injured or the maimed or anything with running sores because it will not be accepted by the Lord. It carries the understanding of giving the best to please the Lord. One of our responsibilities as believers is to appreciate God with our substance. The manner or how we give is very important to the Lord.
Lessons from the Passage
God is interested in what we sacrifice to Him: In Verse 41a, we read that Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Jesus watched what they were giving.
• Jesus was watching as they gave.
• He noticed two main things: the rich were throwing in large amount of money but he observed a widow who gave two small copper coins. Per Jesus’ Judgement the widow has given the best.
• Note that Jesus still watches what we give.
• He knows our heart and possessions.
• Because Jesus is watching what we give, it is important to give something that is pleasing in His sight.
She gave her all to the Lord: In verse 44, we read, They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.
• In the passage, you will notice that the wealthy people gave out of their wealth. In other words, they gave their surplus.
• The widow gave out of her poverty and gave her all to the Lord – all she had to live on
• The widow knew the one requesting of her to give and as such gave her all to the Lord. She knew she can’t give enough than to give her all to the Lord.
• In 1Chronicles 21: 24 we read, But King David replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing." Offer to the Lord that which will cost you.
• Watch what you are giving to the Lord. Is it something that cost? Is it pleasing in the sight of God?
If your giving will please the Lord, you need to be a disciple:
• In verse 43, we read, calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury more than all the others. In Genesis 4, we recall the first offering given by Cain and Abel. We were told that God was pleased with Abel’s offering which implies that there is a kind of offering that pleases the Lord. Friends in the Lord, there is a kind of offering that please the Lord. May your offering please the Lord this morning? According to Jesus, the widow’s kind of giving is what is expected of them. If you are a disciple, you will know that whatever you have is from the Lord.
The widow's attitude communicates the following:
a. Lord, I depend on you …..Psalm 34:10
b. You are my provider.
c. Lord, You are my healer and deliverer,
d. Lord, you are my protector
How must we give to the Lord
• We must give willingly……………..2 Cor 9:7” Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”.
• We must not give under compulsion
• We must give to please God
• We must give cheerfully
• We must give sacrificially
• In this harvest, I challenge you to give your best to the Lord.
• Give from a cheerful heart.
• Know that all you have is from the Lord
• May the Lord be pleased with your giving this morning