”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.” Mark 12:43-44.
Giving can be an act of love to God. If two people put N500 in the offering plate, we can’t know which one of those was loving or not. If one person is doing it out of some type of obligation where they feel like they’re “paying” their offering, support or tithe and the other is doing it in response to the grace they’ve been shown, then the second one is certainly more loving than the first, right? You know what’s interesting, is we often think about giving church or someone something, we do it to God, and it is true, but it’s also for our good. It trains us in the way of righteousness and obedience to God’s will upon others directly or indirectly. It trains us to not hold onto things, so even in giving there is a response to God’s grace that’s for God’s glory and for our good (See Matthew 25:40-45).
When we give of our time and our money to people who can’t help us, who can’t give anything to us in return, and don’t post it on Instagram like, “Look at me, I’m over here on this missions project,” when we do that type of thing and someone actually finds out but not because we blasted it on social media, that stands out as something countercultural that shows we are Christ’s disciples. So now, it is beyond obligation, we must attend to our Church and needy, according to the measure of grace God grants unto us, not grudgingly but willingly when we give, we must not let our left hand know what our right hand is doing. Peace be unto You!