It Is More Blessed to Give Than Receive
Mark 12:41-44; Acts 20:35; II Corinthians 9:6; Proverbs 11:24; Ecclesiastes 11:1; Luke 6:38
QUOTE: Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
In many ways, that is true, isn't. It is certainly a Scriptural principle; the way we give has a lot to do with the life we make for ourselves. The discussion of money and our relationship to it is mentioned more in the Bible than any other subject. And that's because Jesus knows that money controls the heart, and the condition of the heart affects every other area of our lives.
We remember His conversation with the rich, young ruler, and how he was unwilling to give up the one thing that prevented him from entering the kingdom of God; it was his money or his treasure.
On the other hand, we think about our text this morning, and how Jesus observed the widow who cast into the temple treasury all that she had. In Mark 12:43, it says, "And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury."
Let me ask you a question. Do think Jesus notices what we give on Sunday morning? I think He does. He notices those who, by faith, give with a willing heart. I also think He notices the amount we give. He certainly made note of what the widow had given. In fact, He compared it with what the rich had given.
When it comes to giving, the Lord said it is more blessed to give than to receive. Now, that's a hard concept for some people. The pervading idea today is; "Yes I should give, but only when I have it to give, or if I have enough left over after everything else is taken care of. Once I have paid my taxes, my phone bill, and my mortgage payment, once I have set aside enough for my vacation and plane ticket, if I have anything left over, then by all means, I want to give to my chu ...
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