Giving As Worship 1/16/18
Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Andy Tucker
The amount we give is of little consequence compared to the inclination of our hearts as we give. We are called to give with a heart of thankfulness and gratefulness for ALL that we have been given. This is how God is glorified in our giving, or put another way—how giving becomes worship.
What does it say about us if we withhold or give to inflate our own self-righteousness?
Mark 12:41-44 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."
Jesus observes many people giving their offering to the temple treasury and what He is observing is their motives. Look at it again; it says He "saw how the people put money into the treasury." He's not observing which hand they use or whether they're smiling or not. He's observing whether they are giving to check off a box on a religious list or to express thankfulness and gratefulness for the blessings of God, whether they be large or small.
Giving, though commanded in the Mosaic Law, by Jesus, and the Apostle Doctrine, was never meant to be a religious exercise to increase self-righteousness. It was meant to be a reflection who God is and what God does. God spared no expense in reconciling us back to Him. Peter says we were redeemed, not with "corruptible things, like silver or gold... but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." He gave His own Son and His Son gave Himself willingly to die in our place. That's a lot of giving. What does it say about us if we withhold or give to inflate our own self-righteousness?
Heavenly Father, forgive us for our impure, sinful, self-serving motives and fill us with a desire for generosity in us that mirrors Your own. Give us a sense of how high a cost you paid for us while we were still your enemies and may that inform how we interact with money and any other earthly treasure. In Jesus name, amen.
To the praise of His glorious grace,