by Christina Farris
1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: Jesus was feed by the woman that surround him out of their substance. Woman surround Jesus as well as disciples. Woman had a role in Jesus life. They aid him in his ministry. Woman are often the backbone of any good ministry. What is your husband ministry. These woman were not married to Jesus but friends of Jesus, they traveled with Jesus and the disciples. Not much is said about them, or their task or assignment in the life of Jesus, but they gave out of their substance.
In the continual Scripture Study, Jesus was quick to note that rich men were casting money intot he temple treasury out of their wealth when a poor widow woman came and cast in two cents. She gave all she had, and not from the wealth but from proverty. What does God require of us to give but out of our substance. To share what we have. The widow apparently was not worried about the last of her coins, for she gave them. If you only have five bucks to put in the offering and no money left would you give it for the work of the ministry? Does God require you to give all or only out of your substance. One might ask what would a penny buy and what would a penny buy with alot more money? One might ask what does penny buy today and i can say not even a piece of bubble gum today.
Some church require a tithe and others say give from the heart, and other say just give and be blessed by doing so. How important is giving, it about giving from what you have and not what you have not. You can not give on credit because credit only grows, but you can give out of your substance. You can give out of what you already own. Christ is moved by our giving, but never asked for a dime. He never asked why are you giving this, or why did a woman pour ointment on my head or washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. Instead he received the gift as offering to him, as purpose or plan of the work he was doing. Did not Jesus know the law of tithe, yes he did for he was raised by mother and father that took him to the temple. He was after all the son of God, but why did he not rebuke these offerings, because they were gifts to help in the work of the ministry. He receive each gift as blessing, and blessed those in their giving. One woman had seven demons cast out of her, and aided in the work of the Lord after this, because she knew the benefits of the ministry.
Let me ask you how are you giving back to the Lord if you blessed by a ministry. I personally ask people to share my site, but church need money to continue their ministry and to aid people in many ways and to support functions and things that church needs. Sometimes helping another the same way you were helped can be a blessing to another. An encourage word, clothing, food, and money to help someone in need on a personal level, giving to a local body can produce cooperate efforts to share Christ love. Where is your money going how is it being used is your business. Some give to different outreaches in the area that they also work in and others give to mission based projects like work of missionaries who take supplies to those in need. It is a cooperative effort of more then one church.
Always give with thanksgiving in the heart, give from the heart and give what the Lord has laid on your heart to give. God is please with gifts of the heart, not gifts from the garabage bin. Give your best to God out of your substance, and give with the heart that two penny might not feed one person, but with those penny given they may help with what else is given. No doubt the woman seen how those two penny could make a difference as given, but could not help feed or cloth her without saving it.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to give and use what we have to glorify you and your work for your kingdom. Help us to give from our substance not out of what we have not. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Luke 21:1-4 KJV
1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.