For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). This most famous verse of the Bible fueled anyone to give because God gave his one and only Son to save the world from eternal destruction. Giving exist every second, minute, and hour every day in every tribe, region, continent, and nation around the world. Giving invades every colors, languages, cultures, and beliefs around the planet. The object or the target of giving are the needy or the poor, but these kind of people excelled in giving. The poor are great when it comes to generosity. Even in need they give. Poverty cannot erase their generosity. Why give when you are in need?, a FAQ all over the world. Some people considered the generosity of the poor as foolishness, but that foolishness brings greatness to them. The generosity of the poor surpasses the giving of the wealthy because the most generous giver in the world are not the rich but the poor. The poor excelled in giving and helping compared to the wealthy.
Examples of the Excellent Generosity of the Poor
- The Poor Widow's Generosity (Luke 21:1-4)
Jesus commended the two very small cooper coins offering of the poor widow compared to the higher value gifts of the rich presented at the temple treasury. He concluded that the poor widow's offering is more than all the gifts of the rich because of her generosity. Jesus knows the surpassing greatness of the generosity of the poor widow compared to all the givers at the house of God. The poor widow out of her poverty gave everything she had to live on while the rich gave their gifts out of their wealth (v. 4).
If we take a look around us, the usual format of giving and helping is like that of the rich giver at the temple treasury. Many people, especially the wealthy used the excess formula in giving. They gave only the excess because greed and fear withhold them from giving beyond their ability. Billionaires around the world gave donations to charity. Some of them founded charitable institution to show to the world that they are helping the needy. But they were unable to give half or beyond of their worth not like the poor widow who gave all her worth. The rich are quantity givers, but the poor are quality givers.
EXCESS FORMULA IN GIVING
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- The Generosity Of The Macedonian Churches (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
When the Macedonian churches know the helpless situation of their brothers in Judea, their generosity power was revealed. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity (v. 2). They gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability (v. 3). They urgently pleaded for the privilege of sharing in the service to the saints (v. 4). The eyes of their heart look not into their situation of extreme poverty and their most severe trial, but into the most urgent and helpless condition of their fellow believers in Judea. Their generous heart moved them to share and gave what they have to provide the needs of their brothers. Overflowing joy filled their hearts to share and serve others even in need. Their needy situation did not create hesitation, but brought demonstration of their love to others. The rich are the most hesitant givers, but the poor are the most enthusiastic and liberal givers. The wealthy looked at their pocket before giving, but the poor looked at their heart before giving. The mind of the rich makes decision in giving, but the heart of the poor makes decision in giving. A needy condition is not a hindrance to help a needy condition.
- Peter's Generosity (Acts 3:1-10)
The crippled beggar begs for money for his daily living at the temple gate. Peter gave him the thing which money can't buy. " Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." (v. 6). The poor apostle of Jesus did not have money or material things to give to the crippled beggar, but he gave healing which money can't buy. Most of the rich look only at the surface of the problem and offered only a temporal remedy, but the poor look at the root cause of the problem and offered the best and lasting remedy. A poor man can share God's wisdom to others, brings encouragement, help fixed a broken relationship, intercede for the needs of others, and other useful things that money can't do. Money or material thing is not only the best thing to give to anyone in need. Money can do something, but a generous heart can do anything.
- Jesus' Generosity (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Jesus from birth to death remains a poor man. He did not crave for wealth and power or desire to live in the palace (John 6:15). But no one can match to his generosity. He feeds the hungry (John 6:5-15), raised the dead (John 11:38-44), cleansed the lepers (Luke 17:11-19), gave sight to the blind (Matthew 20:29-34), healed various diseases and drove out demons (Mark 1: 32-34), and gave his life as a ransom for the many (Mark 10:45). Jesus poverty brought riches to anyone who believes in him (2 Corinthians 8:9). His generosity and unselfish act on the cross, satisfy the needs of the world. He is the most generous man that ever lived. The rich can have great things, but the poor can do great things.
- The Generosity Of The Poor Around Us
The poor works hard to feed his family. Some of them are begging on the streets, others are searching whom to borrow money to buy food for a meal. But in spite of poverty, we can see the great evidence of their generosity. They can give half or beyond of their food to their hungry neighbors without thinking their next meal. They can sacrifice anything they had to meet the needs of their needy neighbors. The mind moves most of the rich to give while the heart moves the poor to give. The wealthy used their mind in giving, but the poor used their heart in giving.
Why The Poor Gives Out Of Poverty?
There are many reasons why people gives to others. Most of the poor, especially Christians gives out of poverty because of these reasons.
Because love resides in their heart
Love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27)
Love and compassion fueled them to give in spite of poverty. They love their neighbors as their self. They are the most loving and caring people on the planet.
Because of the privilege of sharing in the service
They urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord's people (2 Corinthians 8:4)
Giving even in poverty is a great privilege for them to share their blessings in order to serve others. A Christian responsibility is not only with plenty, but also in poverty. Giving is serving.
Because of the side effects of giving
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously (2 Corinthians 9:6)
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you used, will be measured to you (Luke 6:38)
It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor (Proverbs 22:9)
Anyone who sows will also reap. Those who give will receive an abundant return. The giver will be more blessed. Generosity profits and enriches the giver. They give in order to receive. Nothing to lose in giving. Giving is gaining.
Because they want to store up treasures in heaven, not on earth
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
Giving is like storing treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Their heart is set on their treasures in heaven, not on material treasures. They give to have a spiritual or heavenly deposits or treasures.
Because God is their master, not money or wealth
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. you cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24)
God controls their lives, not greed that's why they give. They obey God rather than greed. Money is their servant and God is their master.
Because they want to glorify God
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
They give to exalt God in their lives. Glorifying God is not limited only in plenty, but also in poverty.
Because they want to set an example to others
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and purity (1 Timothy 4:12)
In everything set them an example by doing what is good (Titus 2:7)
They give to encourage others to follow what they did. They make a track for others to follow. They create footprints of goodness and kindness.
Because of their experienced
In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service for the Lord's people (2 Corinthians 8:2-4)
Experienced is the best teacher. It teaches valuable lessons in life. They give not because they have plenty, but they know how it feels to have nothing.
Every people give, whether rich or poor. No doubt that the rich give more when it comes to quantity of goods and things. But no one will also doubt that the poor are more generous because they use their heart in giving.