This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Luke 6:38 (ESV)
Today I want you to know that God knows the motivation behind your giving.
As an entrepreneur, I can easily recall those days when I would refrain from giving because I couldn’t give in the way I really wanted to give. Sometimes I didn’t have enough time to give of myself in the way that I really wanted to, so I just wouldn’t volunteer my time at all.
Other times, I didn’t have enough money to give the gift I really wanted to give, so I would either give what I could afford and feel some sense of shame, or I would just not give at all.
Now, I have a completely different take on giving. I understand that God does not measure giving in the same way society measures it. This is made crystal clear in the story about the widow’s offering.
The story tells of one day when many rich people put large sums of money in the treasury of the temple. They deposited all types of coins and donations as they were giving from their abundance.
Then, a widow came to the temple. She only deposited a couple of coins. Unlike the others, the widow was giving from her heart. She was giving what she had. That got Jesus’ attention enough to talk to his disciples about this type of giving.
Remember that God knows the motivation behind your gift. So when you’re in a place where you may not be able to give the way you want to, don’t let that stop you from giving something from your heart.
As you think about your next gift, remember these words: “…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over…” Luke 6:38 (ESV)
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So today, give regardless.