The same principle applies!

  And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.

 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.

 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:

 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. Luke 21 verse 1 – 4. 

What is the Lord saying here? This woman gave all that she had and the Lord knew. Another person standing next to Jesus might have thought, the rich men gave more in money value but in the eyes of the Lord it’s the widow that gave more. What a great lesson.

 2 Corinthians 10:12 (King James Version) says:

 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

So why we do feel bad and compare ourselves with others? Only the Lord knows what He has given each person and what is expected.

Matthew 25:20-24 (King James Version)

 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

From this scripture it is evident that what the Lord is looking for is faithfulness with what He has given us. He commended the one with five talents the same way He commended the one with two talents.  

This explains why we should not compare ourselves with others. Only the Lord knows what graces and capacities  they have. As we begin to be faithful in what He has given us, He will enlarge us as it pleases Him and as we are able to receive.

1 Peter 4: 10  

 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 No work of the Lord is small, all is precious to Him. What is important is that we are faithful with what He has given us.

 Bisi Oladipupo

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Posted on February 12, 2010, in Bible, christian, Christian living, Christianity, Church, Encouragment, faith, Prayer, Relationships, Religion, Salvation, Wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Amen. I can’t agree with you more on this one. The Lord is not looking for quantity but rather quality according to the measure of grace He has bestowed on us. A great reminder lest we forget.

    Blessings and HAPPY VALENTINE”S DAY!

    Gladwell

  2. Hi Bisi! This is so amazing! I was just studying these very scriptures; still you’ve pointed me in a very clear direction! Bless you so much and Happy Valentine’s Day.

    I just want to take time out to commend you for your faithfulness. You have served so faithfully and are about to celebrate your 3 year anniversary. You have written with the diligence of an Olympic athlete and I am sure that God sees it that way and better! Thanks for being such a friend who is encouraging and trustworthy! Blessings & Love Elaine

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