Giving sacrificially changes us into more faith-filled, risk-taking followers of Jesus Christ. But if our sacrificial giving has become a habit, it can be difficult to remember how much and in what ways we’ve changed.
Take a moment to remember the first time you stretched your faith and gave more than you could spare. Was it worth it? It was for me. That’s why I think God is always reminding me to go to the next level in my giving. I’d like to suggest you do the same.
If you give nothing, give something; then give a percentage of your income; then tithe; then give even more.
This can all feel very scary, but you’ve got to trust that whenever God sponsors your risks, he’ll also provide your reward. And the greatest reward is more of him.
Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.
Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”