Jesus is looking for willing hearts, not a dollar amount.
As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. Mark 10:17-22 (NASB)
Several American billionaires have pledged to give away their entire fortunes. After securing their family’s needs and wants, whatever is left over they promise to give away to charity.
Giving from abundance is a vastly different experience from giving from scarcity. The amount of choices changes. One billion dollars can fund a lot more works of charity than $100 can.
For Jesus however it is never about the amount. The fishermen gave up everything to follow Christ. The rich man would not give up one thing in order to follow Christ. While one sacrifice was probably greater than the other in total amount, what Jesus was looking for was willing hearts.
Is your heart willing to give? It doesn’t matter if you have billions or just pennies to give; your desire to give what you do have is what brings about the blessings of God. This is what it means to have willing hearts.
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” Luke 21:1-4 (NKJV)
Heavenly Father help us to have willing hearts and to be willing servants of your Word. That in giving we fulfill a part of Jesus’ ministry here on earth. Remind us that giving is more than pennies and hundred dollar bills. We are also to give our time, our compassion, our love to those in need of it, just as Christ did and does. Amen.