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05/19/13 For the Glory of God!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Friday, May 24, 2013 Under: Sermon
Text: Mark 12:41-44 (NKJV)

41 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 42Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17

Intro: Would you tithe or give if the offering plate didn’t pass by?

This is a topic that most churches would love to avoid, a topic that rates in the top 5 for reasons not to go to church. This is a real eye opener, because you see the real Christian, the one who really believes! Believes enough to give back what is God’s to begin with, a tithe is @ least 10%.

Why would the Bible say so much about the importance of giving? Could it be that so many are not? This topic affects every person in this room. “Do you give to honor God?” Many a church goers (Christians) will never experience the true joy of giving and being blessed for it. Because they will never tithe! Let me set the stage with some statements that will probably shake rattle and roll your mind:

1. Money Is Essential.

2. Money Is Overrated: Matthew Chapter 6 reminds us not to worry about tomorrow, “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

3. Money Can Be Used For Great Good: Remember the Parable of Good Samaritan in Luke 10?

4. Money Can Be Used For Great Evil - Money has financed the drug culture, pornography, prostitution, wars and every other vile practice known to man. It is the grease that lubricates the axles of sin. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10 (NKJV)

5. Money Must Be Used Properly - Every Christian has the responsibility to use the resources which have been given to him by God to further God's kingdom upon the earth. When we invest our money in the kingdom of God, we also place our heart there. When we place our finances in the hands of the world, then we likewise tie our affections to things below and not things above: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” “you cannot serve God and mammon!”

6. Money Can Lead To Terrible Bondage - Often, our indebtedness prevents us from serving the Lord as He would have us to.

7. Money Must Be Used To Bring Glory To God: “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

Are you robbing yourself of a great blessing?
Are you doing it for the glory of God? Application: The primary use for money is for us to bring glory to God!

1. The Matter of Our Giving: vs. 41 “Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much.”

Jesus cares about our giving; this is evident from the fact that Jesus was observing the people casting their money into the treasury. He was watching them as they gave. How many believe that He is still watching people give? What would He have said about your giving this week? God's challenge in our giving can be a blessing if you give; the yardstick has always been what is called the "tithe.” This is a word that simply means "the tenth.” God desires that every person be actively involved in giving their tithe to the Lord.

There are 3 basic reasons why people do not tithe. Many have never been taught to tithe. Many Misunderstand the place of tithing in the Lord's Kingdom - There are those who feel that tithing is not for us to do today. This comes from a lack of understanding about what tithing is and where the concept came from. Many Simply Refuse To Obey The Lord - Many do not tithe even though they know that the Bible tells them to. Many refuse because they are willing to be rebellious to the Word of God instead of obedient. If you know that it is the Lord's will and you don't do it, then don't complain when you begin to pay a financial price for your rebellion: “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17

Too often, we get hung up on the tithe and forget that every penny we have to our names is the Lord's. All of our money, not just the tithe, is to be used as He leads and directs us. It isn't 10% that belongs to God, it is 100%! Are you living your life by this principle?

2. The Measure of Our Giving: vs. 42-44 ‘Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."

As Jesus stood there that day watching the people give their offerings, He was watching not how they gave, but how much as well. At the Temple treasury, there were 13 brass chests, or boxes, into which the worshipers cast their offerings. These “chests” were called “trumpets” because they were shaped like trumpets. As the metal coins were cast into these trumpets, they make a loud noise. The more money that was cast in the louder the sound. Each chest bore an inscription declaring what the money inside was to be used for. Considering the nature of these chests, it becomes obvious that those who wanted to put on a show could do so quiet easily. This was a practice that was rebuked by Jesus. “Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” Matthew 6:2. When the little widow gave her 2 small coins, they sounded mighty small compared to the offerings of the rich. However, to the Lord, they made the noise of a vast offering. When this little widow gave ALL she had, Jesus could no longer contain Himself, but used her giving as an example to all who were present that day. Her testimony still stands as one of the greatest examples of sacrifice in all of recorded human history.

We Are to Give Proportionally - That is, everyone is expected to give the same amount. Not the same dollar figure, but the same percentage. God's ideal starting point for giving is 10% for everyone. This principle of giving is called the tithe and it is the Lord's: “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse God says, and test me!” Minor thought here with a major message. Any other use of this money constitutes stealing from God and will result in the removal of His blessings!

We Are to Give Properly - We are to bring our tithes into the storehouse, also called the “Lord's house.” In our day, we call this place the church. God's plan is that ALL the tithe is to be brought into the church and from there, it is to be distributed as the Lord leads. Is it proper to give my tithe to a missionary, to the needy, to some ministry, or to but things for the church? NO! The ONLY proper use for the tithe is for it to be brought into the Lord's house to be distributed as the Lord directs.

We Are to Give Perpetually (always) - “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.” 1 Corinthians 16:2. We are to make our giving a regular part of our lives. Many give only when they have excess. Others do it when they are moved by conviction and guilt. When the feeling bad stops, so do they. The proper method of giving is when you have received increase; you are to give at least 10% of that increase to the Lord. “For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.”

3. The Motive of Our Giving: vs. 41-44

I can imagine the reaction of the crowds as the rich men threw in their large sums of money. I would expect that there was some major "ooohing” and "ahhhing” as the trumpets sounded and the money fell into the collection boxes. Then, I can see that little widow woman as she comes to the chests. She drops in her offering. Only 2 mites, equal to about ½ cent in our money. The crowds were probably silent as she gave her offering. But, while the others received the praises of men for their gifts, this woman received the praises of God. You see, it isn't the dollar amount that makes the offering a blessing, it is the heart behind the gift. It all comes down to motive. Let's talk for a minute about the motive of our giving.

We Should Give Thankfully - A thankful heart is a giving heart!

We Should Give Cheerfully - This word literally means, “hilarious.” We should give, not because we feel obligated to give, but because it delights our hearts to be able to give unto the Lord! “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

We Should Give Liberally - This simply means that we are not to be stingy when it comes to giving to the Lord's work or His people. In truth, we can expect God to bless us in direct proportion to the level of our giving: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” “with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." Do not be guilty of being a miser when it comes to giving. The Lord will not bless your life! This is the only kind of liberal the Lord will use and bless!

There will be some who will pretest that they cannot afford to give. I say that is not true! Regardless of what comes into your life, you can always give the Lord His 10th. Anything less is rebellion, pure and simple! The truth is, you cannot afford not to give! I challenge every person here who does not give the Lord His true tithe every time you receive increase to take the Lord at His work and put Him to the test. Otherwise, do not complain when you walk through tough times financially!

We Should Give Sacrificially - In our text, Jesus was impressed, not by the amount of the widow's gift, but by the fact that she gave out of her need. The rich gave out of their surplus, she gave all she had. That got the Lord's attention! It still does! If you wait to start giving when you have plenty, you will face 2 problems. You'll never get to where you think you have plenty, and when you do have extra, it will seem like too much to give. The best thing to do is to give everything you have to the Lord. When He already owns it all, then that little 10% won't matter too much.

Sadly, many in our day seem to be afflicted with that terrible disease known as Cirrhosis of the Giver. This terrible illness renders the afflicted person's hand incapable of moving from the wallet to the offering plate. The only known cure is to remove the sufferer from the Lord's house where the condition seems able to cure itself. This is seen in the fact that the sufferer is more than willing and able to spend money at restaurants and in activities which he/she enjoys. If you have this disease, there is a permanent cure. It is called repentance and obedience to the Lord. If you are afflicted by Cirrhosis of the Giver then allow me to point you to Dr. Jesus. He has the cure you need!

Conclusion: When we come to the topic of money, there are always those who get a little touchy. Some people simply are not going to honor the Lord with their giving until they get right with God. Some will say, “Preacher, it's not about the money.” In truth, that's what it is always about! Anyone who refuses to give the Lord what belongs to Him loves his money more that he loves God. What is God's word about your money? That your money belongs to Him and that you will give an account as to how you use His money.

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