Those who are poor, yet have big hearts to help those in need, will give to others even though they have very little. In like measure, they will be blessed by God in return. It will be truly wonderful what God will do with those who have hearts to help the needy. Even when they are in a state of need, they give anyway. It is not about money to them but it is the expression of the goodness that flows from their heart. Good hearts produce goodness but bad hearts produce what is rotten.
There were those recorded in the past who were rich in this world yet their wealth was not in their possessions but in what flowed from their hearts. For example, God trusted worthy men with riches, such as Abraham, Job, and King David. It was because of their pureness of heart and righteous integrity that God allowed them to possess wealth. Money did not affect them as it does for most others. Many times in scripture it speaks that they were generous to the poor. This reflects the heart of God, which was their greatest possession and it pleased the Lord very much.
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23
Jesus spoke highly of the poor woman who gave only two pennies into the temple treasuries. He said that it was everything she had to live on. Yet she gave it anyway because it was in her heart to give to the Lord. This sacrifice of only two pennies was a much greater in God’s eyes than the great wealth given by the rich combined.
Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Mark 12:43-44
God rewards the poor in spirit who give out of the goodness of their heart. He does not look at how much or little you have in the bank. But He sees the true intentions of the heart and He will bless those who are givers in ways the rich and stingy will never know or experience. So even when the rich increase in riches they become even more empty and in need. But on the contrary, the more the poor give away the richer their heart becomes.
God rewards the one who gives without expecting anything in return. The one who does good to his neighbor just because he desires to help and love others. You can’t imagine how much God looks with approval on the selfless giver. It pleases Him when He sees their kind and generous heart.
In return, He will give even more to them as a reward. Some in this world, but most of it will be presented to them in the great celebration when they are welcomed into heaven. It is a reward for loving one another, for loving Jesus Christ, and for providing for His little children. When the security of worldly wealth lessens in the hearts of men the gifts of the Spirit can then abound more and more.
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
May you give out of what you have to others in need. That God may pour in your lap to overflowing. Blessings you can not contain that your giving to the poor may increase. Increasing the treasures you are building up in heaven. For those who are worthy and of His choosing, He will not only increase in His Spirit and the goodness of their hearts. But He will bless with more on this earth that they may give more freely to others.
Not everyone is given great wealth like Job, but He gives to everyone what He knows they can handle. So use whatever He gives you to help one another. If you have only very little, use that little bit to build up treasures in Heaven. If you have much, use it to help the poor of this world. It is not what you have in this world that determines your reward, but is how you use what you have for good. It is how you honor God with your wealth to build the kingdom of God.
For Jesus also said, “And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Luke 16:9-13