Giving To God’s Glory

“Because of my devotion to the Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures of gold and silver to help in the construction.” – 1 Chronicles 29:2

The temple represented God’s glorious presence among His people. It was the place where they could come and find forgiveness and be reconciled back to God. In giving from all his resources to help build it David showed his whole-hearted love and devotion for God’s glory. It also demonstrated his desire to help others experience the incredible grace and forgiveness that he had experienced for themselves. 

In Jesus’ day there was someone with a similar heart as David. While standing across from the temple treasury, Jesus saw a poor widow place two small coins in the offering. He was so impressed by her act of generosity that He called His disciples over and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”  (Luke 21:1-4). 

The lesson of the story is that true generosity is not measured by the amount of money we give, but by the degree of our heart involved in the giving. The widow's gift, although small in monetary value, was great in spiritual value because it represented her wholehearted love for God and trust in God to provide for her needs.

As you think about your generosity, what does it say about your wholehearted devotion to Jesus?
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