God is not impressed by your gifts, he is impressed with your sacrifice.
Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. referenced the story of a poor widowed woman who gave 2 small copper coins into the treasure box. Jesus was observing people giving to the offering box. Many were giving huge sums of money. However, His attention was caught by the woman who gave the smallest offering. Though she only had little in her possession, she still offered everything to God.
“That’s what sticks out to Him about this widow, that’s what pops out to Jesus about this poor yet generous widow. This widow had nothing yet she realized that everything she did have belonged to Him,” Rich said.
Sacrifices For Him
Despite being poor and widowed, having nothing but those two small copper coins, her heart still chose to offer everything to God. She didn’t let her situation stop her from honoring God.
“She’s poor and she’s a widow; yet she makes a decision that I’m going to keep moving forward. Somehow, she decides in her heart that my poverty will not stop my philanthropy. Somehow, she decides in her heart that even though I might have faced some setbacks, it’s not going to stop me from giving back. I’m not going to let my loss limit my investment. My current situation does not have to dictate my future destination. I can actually live on.”
Jesus is not looking at how much we can give to Him, but He’s looking at how much we can sacrifice for Him. Are we willing to lay down our entire life as an offering to Him? God is not impressed by your gifts, but He’s impressed with your sacrifices for Him.
“Life is not measured in the portion but rather life is measured in the proportion. It wasn’t the size of her gift that impressed Jesus, it was the sacrifice of her gift.”
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