Giving is not so much about how much we have, but the heart in which we give it.
Reading the “Feeding of the Five Thousand” opens up a number of questions that encourages us to look at Jesus’ heart for his people.
When they see the problem of all the hungry people they turn to Jesus for help but, to their surprise, he turns the table and asks them to do something. They are compelled to present the only food they have. Though meagre, it is everything. For Jesus it wasn’t about how much they had but how willing they were to give it.
In contrast the Rich Young Ruler in Luke 18 is left sad because, even though he kept all the commandments and led a good life, Jesus asked him to give up everything in order to follow him. In this story it’s clear that the young man didn’t own money — rather the money owned him.
Tithing suggests we give 10 percent but Jesus compels us to be faithful with 100.