Sermons On Giving

Written by Serena Berger
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Sermons on giving address a fundamental holy attribute and act: generosity. Mark 12:41-44 tells a brief tale of how Jesus was pleased by a widow's giving. People were coming to put money into the temple treasury, and the rich were giving quite significant amounts. A poor widow came and gave two coins, worth very little. Jesus, however, told his disciples that the widow had in fact given more than the rich people, because what she gave meant more to her.

Some religions have specific demands for what followers must give to their churches. Most Christian faiths work on an honor system. Followers are supposed to want to give as much as they can, not just to the church, but to people around them whom they observe in need. Sermons on giving may focus on this idea of maintaining constant awareness of those less fortune, both so that you remember to value everything you have, and so that you remember to help when you can.

Sermons on Giving as Tradition

Early on in Judeo-Christian traditions, celebrations of important events were marked with the giving of gifts. Interestingly, however, these gifts were not just given to friends and family, but also to the poor. The book of Esther describes the saving of the Jews from persecution by Mordechi and Esther, and the origin of the holiday Purim to celebrate their freedom. Esther 9:22 describes how the Jews would annually celebrate by "[observing] the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor."

Sermons on giving can take an odd tone in that it seems paradoxical to instruct people to be generous. Generosity must be uncompelled; but for many people, this is a concept into which they must evolve. The gentle reminders of sermons may be the best forum in which to reinforce this ideal so that people will see opportunities in their daily lives to put it into practice.


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