What would make your giving as substantial as what the poor widow gave in Mark 12:41-44?
Reflect on a time when you were blessed by parting with something you knew could benefit someone else. How has God modeled generous giving to us?
Dozens of caring and generous individuals have sent donations from the United States to Tutkutana, my ministry in Uganda. We’ve received clothing, baby formula, books, linens, and other essentials—all of which have been valuable to the East African people who received them.
One time, though, three large boxes were sent to us that caused more trouble than help. First, we had to pay a hefty duty on the boxes—based on their size and weight—before the Uganda Revenue Authority would release them to us. Then we had to spend hours weeding through the packages because they were primarily filled with dirty, useless items. It appeared that the sender had cleaned out her bathroom drawers and hastily dumped her mess into boxes to “donate” to Africa.
Though the saying goes, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” that’s not always the case. It is therefore important, as we prepare to share “the blessings the Lord gives us” (Numbers 10:32), that we apply wisdom, heart, and effort to our giving.
As you think about passing some of your possessions along, you’ll find the following biblical instructions to be helpful: “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce” (Proverbs 3:9). “Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do” (Deuteronomy 15:10).Be “a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ ” (Acts 20:35).
When you clean house with the intent of giving, remember to think about what the recipient might need—not just what you don’t want (Romans 12:13). Aim to be blessed by being a blessing.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Matthew 22:1-14
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