Humbly Giving | Pastor Mike Fortune | December 15, 2018


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Rosary Cathedral, December 2, 2018

Prior to Handel’s Messiah with Toledo Symphony Orchestra



1. Jesus notices when we give (Luke 21:1; Romans 8:32)

2. Jesus notices how much we give (Luke 21:2; 2 Corinthians 9:7)

3. He appreciates when we humbly give (Luke 21:3-4; Luke 20:47; 2 Samuel 24:24)


Luke 21:1

1 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. 


Romans 8:32

32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?


Luke 21:2

2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.


2 Corinthians 9:7

7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”  


Luke 21:3-4

3 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. 4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”


Luke 21:3-4 (MSG)

The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!


Luke 20:47 (KJV)

47 Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.


2 Samuel 24:24

24 No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.