what do we 'offer' to God
Mark 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
The Greek word for coins here signifies the smallest coins in use in the country. She gave two coins, not even keeping one for herself. She did not consider even a half of what she had a sufficient offering to God.
Mark 12:41-44(And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living).
The Lord Jesus here teaches us some much needed lessons about giving to God.
Now also He watches what we offer. (Heb 4:12,13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do).
He is not impressed by the large offerings of the rich who keep far more for themselves than they give to God.
In His eyes, the smallest possible gift to God may be far greater than large amounts.
He sees not merely how much a person gives, but how much he keeps for himself.
We may see here also that the Lord Jesus delights in the offerings given by poor believers.
2Cor 8:1-5,12 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
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