TO JESUS, IT IS QUALITY THAT COUNTS, NOT QUANTITY.

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TO JESUS, IT IS QUALITY THAT COUNTS, NOT QUANTITY.

We have heard the saying, ‘size does not matter’. Well, whether or not it matters, really depends on what size you are. What about Jesus? Does size matter to Jesus? Does it matter to Him if you are rich and talented? Does the size of your offering in church matter to Jesus? Well, beloved, in a word, no.

Remember that our Father is also God of all the earth. To list His possessions would be an exercise in abject futility. But He does try to give us simple minds, some idea.

“I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.” Psalm 50:9-12

In one passage of scripture, we are told that not only are all things His, He wants nothing from us. Even if He was hungry, He would not tell us, because it would be pointless. There is nothing we have that He would want.

For indeed,

“In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10 [AMPC]

In our daily lives, amidst the successes we are blessed with, we often forget that this is the reason why we even exist.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

So do we, the creation, presume that our Father, the creator, would desire large gifts from us? No, all that we have comes from Him. So when it comes to us giving of our time and resources in worship, it is not the size, it is the heart behind it. For He says,

“My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.” Proverbs 3:1-2

Our Father wants our hearts; and hearts cannot weave, spin, sow nor reap. So clearly our Father is not interested in the material. But what the heart can do, what it was made to do, is believe. And indeed, Jesus does tell us that to believe in Him is the very work which we are to do.

“Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29

In fact, Jesus Himself shows us that the amount given is immaterial. It is the heart behind the offering that He cares for; it is the quality of the belief, the strength of the faith; not the quality of the gift.

“Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions. One poor widow came up and put in two small coins—a measly two cents. Jesus called his disciples over and said, “The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.”” Mark 12:41-44 [MSG]

In fact, our Father is so interested only in the strength of our belief and faith in Him, He deliberately orchestrates things such that the might of man is not glorified, but instead it is the weak that triumphs. Here are some examples.

Israel was at war with the Philistines and they had come to a stand-off. The champion of the Philistine army, the giant named Goliath, was taunting Israel. But of all the valiant warriors that Israel had, the only one that had the guts to stand against him was this boy.

““Master,” said David, “don’t give up hope. I’m ready to go and fight this Philistine.”
Saul answered David, “You can’t go and fight this Philistine. You’re too young and inexperienced—and he’s been at this fighting business since before you were born.”
David said, “I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I’d go after it, knock it down, and rescue the lamb. If it turned on me, I’d grab it by the throat, wring its neck, and kill it. Lion or bear, it made no difference—I killed it. And I’ll do the same to this Philistine pig who is taunting the troops of God-Alive. God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.”
Saul said, “Go. And God help you!” 1 Samuel 17:32-37 [MSG]

Notice the faith? And if you think David’s faith at this time was great, check this out.

“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”” 1 Samuel 17:45-47

David’s strength came from placing everything squarely on the shoulders and into the hands of our Father. Not his own shoulders, for David only had with him a sling and 5 stones. So, when we exercise such faith, not only does our Father like it, it is the very thing He tells us to do. Remember, Jesus said,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Jesus does not want you to do for Him; He wants to do for you. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can start resting in Him by placing your cares and burdens on Him, and the sooner you can start fulfilling the work and command our of Father, which is to believe in Jesus.

There was another time when Israel was given over to a foreign power, which was very oppressive.

“The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count them or their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.” Judges 6:1-6 [NIV]

So in order to defeat this power, one would reasonably expect that a large force would be needed. Indeed, any General in the military would tell you that there is never a force large enough. More hands are always welcome. But that is not the way of our Father.

“God said to Gideon, “You have too large an army with you. I can’t turn Midian over to them like this—they’ll take all the credit, saying, ‘I did it all myself,’ and forget about me. Make a public announcement: ‘Anyone afraid, anyone who has any qualms at all, may leave Mount Gilead now and go home.’” Twenty-two companies headed for home. Ten companies were left.” Judges 7:2-3 [MSG]

Yes, you read it right. Gideon had too many soldiers. So two thirds went home. You think they are ready now?

“God said to Gideon: “There are still too many. Take them down to the stream and I’ll make a final cut. When I say, ‘This one goes with you,’ he’ll go. When I say, ‘This one doesn’t go,’ he won’t go.” So Gideon took the troops down to the stream.” Judges 7:4-5 [MSG]

So after the elimination process, what started out as 32,000 men became…

“God said to Gideon: “I’ll use the three hundred men who lapped at the stream to save you and give Midian into your hands. All the rest may go home.”” Judges 7:7 [MSG]

And this was the size of the force they were up against.

“Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.” Judges 7:12

And how do you think they responded when they saw the 300?

“The whole Midianite camp jumped to its feet. They yelled and fled.” Judges 7:21 [MSG]

Amazing, is it not?

Beloved, we need to start realizing that it is not about us, who we are, what we can or cannot do. It is all about our Father and Jesus. It is all about who They are and what They are willing to do for you. Our Father only wants one thing from you, and that is to believe that He loves you. For remember beloved,

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

Let us cast our burdens on Him for we now know that He does not demand from us, but desires to give us. It is not the size of your wallet that matters to our Father, it is the quality of your belief in Him.

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