The Emphasis Is On Quality Not Quantity

2Co 8:12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

The act of grace springs from a willing mind, readiness, truly noble, and generous spirit; it is given cheerfully and freely according to a man’s ability. The key is readiness, which is quality (heart) over quantity (amount). If we cannot give much, then a ready mind makes even a little acceptable. As I have heard my pastor say before, its not the equal amount but equal sacrifice.

Zacchaeus, in Luke 19, is not commended for offering a portion of his wealth, he is commended for the heart and readiness to give. His heart was warmed by Jesus welcoming Himself to his home and with salvation; we see a changed life. The widow’s mite was acceptable, more so than all the rich men cast into the treasury in the light of the spirit behind her giving. In this manner if the readiness is there, it doesn’t make a difference if somebody has more than others. The eagerness to share duties will make them part of something.

I commonly see with, some churches, a process of pressuring churchgoers through guilt to give and give what they don’t have. This is not supported in this verse, nor are the individuals who give more out of their abundance elevated. God crowns faithfulness and not success.