Love without interest

Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12.41-44

Jesus watched how the people were placing their offerings into the Ark of the Offering, and He saw rich men dressed in fine purple linen deposit large sums of money, gold, precious stones, which were considerable gifts.

But Jesus also saw that poor widow’s offering, and only hers was a heave, spontaneous, and without self-interest.

An offering is usually given with an interest in mind, but a heave offering is voluntary, without personal interest, pure, expressing your love, and consideration for God.

A person gives this offering willingly and spontaneously, not because the pastor asked, but because this love was born within him. This is gratitude; in other words, a deep feeling of wanting to give the Lord the best he has. This is called a heave offering.

This is what God asked from the people of Israel when He said to Moses:

Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me a heave offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. Exodus 25.2

It is the Holy Spirit who gives birth to the desire of giving a heave offering.

Therefore, those who have ears to hear, hear this Word, understand and profit from it, so their lives may be prosperous in every way, becoming a blessing with the abundant life Jesus promised.

Bishop Edir Macedo