For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
“Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution.
‘Take from among you a contribution to the Lord; whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as the Lord’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze,
Everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him came and brought the Lord’s contribution for the work of the tent of meeting and for all its service and for the holy garments.
The Israelites, all the men and women, whose heart moved them to bring material for all the work, which the Lord had commanded through Moses to be done, brought a freewill offering to the Lord.
Moreover, in my delight in the house of my God, the treasure I have of gold and silver, I give to the house of my God, over and above all that I have already provided for the holy temple,
But the Lord said to my father David, ‘Because it was in your heart to build a house for My name, you did well that it was in your heart.
What is desirable in a man is his kindness,
And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.
For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.
Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury.
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.