Give Sacrificially | The Giving II

By December 5, 2011 Sermon Notes

This principle is found in the story of the widow’s offering. What she gave amounted to all she had.
Jesus used her example saying, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who
are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of
her poverty has put everything she had, all she had to live on” (Mark 12:41-44).

There is a great difference between the contribution of the rich and the commitment of this poor
widow. For the rich , it cost them nothing, in that it was of no great consequence to give what they
didn’t need to exist and depend on God for, giving out of their abundance. While the widow did not
hold back anything she needed to even survive on in the knowledge that God would ultimately take
care of her every need.

By faith we give sacrificially of what we have in order to fully depend upon God for our daily bread
(Matthew 6:8-11, 25-34; Philipians 4:19). Why should the widow selfishly grip her last two copper
coins in order to subsist rather than trust God with empty hands that He can fill with her needs, and
thrive by daily depending on him? We also need to be mindful that Jesus gave himself as the prime
example of giving, “For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich,
yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).