There is a greater need of philanthropic work for our planet. The poverty is starring into our eyes.
“Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.”
“1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.”
These are some of the facts on poverty by dosomething.org It’s astonishing. World around us is slowly and gradually slipping away into poverty. Children are dying.
Need for action
I am not sure of the reason for such a phenomenon. But it definitely demands some action from the more privileged section of the world.
There are lot of thing being done by various individuals and organisations. But there remains more scope for more action.
“Every Western country in the top 20 has a decreased score this year. For the second year running, Africa sees an increase in all three giving behaviours, compared to its five year average.” These are the findings of Charities Aid Foundation(CAF). “The CAF World Giving Index looks at how and why people around the world give to charity.”
With the uncertainty of the economy around the globe, people have reduced their giving. But it is still great effort on the part of those who are still able to share from whatever little they have.
Apologies for this complex conversation. Now we will look at a scripture quote which will navigate us to our topic for today.
Mark 12:41 NASBS
And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums.
Did you notice “how.” Jesus was noticing people as how they were putting money into the donation box. It is definitely not a great job to do.
He is watching
No one likes to be seen doing this. But after all God can see everything. He can see our motives and intentions while doing a donation.
Not how much
Jesus was interested in how part of donation and not how much. Many evaluations of donation is based on how much. The more you give, more credits and ratings are received in return.
There was, this woman who came to donate. Do you remember how much she donated?
Mark 12:42 NASBS
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.
This woman’s donation was insignificant and negligible. But it didn’t miss being noticed by the Lord.
Mark 12:43-44 NASBS
Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;  for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.“
Jesus Christ commented, “this poor widow put in more than all the contributors.” Yes, proportionately she gave 100%. So she gave everything. She gave her all livelihood.
Don’t give everything
Jesus Christ is not coercing us to give away everything. He was emphasizing about the method and motivation for giving and sharing.
2 Corinthians 9:7 NASBS
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
The needy world loves the plentiful donor but God loves only cheerful giver.
Think about it. May God grant us to give cheerfully first and bountifully later.
May God bless you abundantly.
Shalom 🕊️ from the Bible blogger 😊🙇🙏