“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.’’Matthew 5:42
All through the Bible we’re challenged with verses telling us to be givers. Jesus clearly taught the importance of giving generously. In Mark 12 we read that one day He was watching the people bring their gifts. He saw the rich drop their large gifts into the temple treasury with pride. But He also saw a poor widow drop in two tiny copper coins, all she had.
Jesus told His disciples that her gift actually was of far more value than the other large offerings because she gave all she had to live on. We are asked at times to give until it hurts, and that is exactly what the widow did. I can only imagine how the disciples reacted to Jesus’ comments. They must have scratched their heads to hear Him say that those coins worth only a fraction of a penny were a far bigger gift than other large amounts being thrown in.
Generosity is born in the heart. It’s why a child’s small gift and a millionaire’s large gift may just be the same in the Lord’s eyes. Give from your heart; for God knows your heart to its very depths.
A generous gift might be judged not by what comes out of your wallet, but by what is left in your wallet.