It was front-page news in the local paper. The article told of two wealthy businessmen who had given $149 million to charitable causes over a period of 8 years. That’s a sum worthy of headlines.
But let’s keep this in perspective. These men and their foundations are doing much good for the community and for the cause of Christ around the world. And we are grateful that God blesses some people with wealth to benefit others. But giving of this magnitude doesn’t necessarily involve much personal sacrifice. If someone is a billionaire, the giving of millions represents only a fraction of what he is worth.
The Bible records another account of big giving that would be worthy of today’s front page. Jesus evaluated a poor widow as she dropped two mites into the temple treasury. It was a gift of astronomical proportions. Jesus said, “This poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury” (Mk. 12:43). The wealthy gave “out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had” (v.44). The amount a person gives isn’t as important as the sacrifice behind the gift.
If Jesus evaluated my giving by the principle of sacrifice, would I make the headlines? Would you?
The Lord is pleased when giving is
Not measured by amounts;
Our attitude and sacrifice
Are what He really counts. —Sper
Sacrifice is the true measure of our giving.