Mark 12:41-44; James 1:27
How should we give to God?
One day Jesus sat in the temple. He watched how the people put their money in the offering box. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came along. She put two small coins in the offering box. Jesus said to His followers, "I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all the others. Everyone else gave what they did not need. But she is very poor and she gave everything she had. Now she does not have anything to live on." We should also give generously. Everything that we have is from God. We must be willing to give it back to Him by giving to those in need. The Bible says, "Religion that pleases God the Father must be pure and spotless. You must help needy orphans and widows and not let this world make you evil."
How should we give to others? Jesus said (in Matthew 6:1-4), "When you give to the needy, do not tell everyone. Do not seek honour from men. But when you give to the needy, your giving should be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." We should not seek praise from other people. It is better to receive praise from God.