2021_10_01 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Luke 21
The story of the widow's offering in Luke 21 is a wonderful little story showing us the attitude we should have as we give. Jesus is watching the rich offer their gifts at the temple when he sees a poor widow putting in two very small coins. Jesus remarks that rich gave out of their wealth yet the widow's gift was all she had to live on.
In this story Jesus shows us that the way in which we give is more important than the gift itself. As is evident all over the gospels, God is interested in our heart.
The poor widow shows an extraordinary devotion as she, in effect, empties out her bank account and gives her money to God. She places a high value on pleasing God, unlike the rich who's large gifts did not lead them to personal sacrifice. The coins that the widow used were among the smallest in Roman currency and have been valued at 1% of a daily wage. Yet by giving this small amount the widow is trusting God to provide for her. The widow would be returning home completely dependent on God for her survival. Most of us will never have to be in this situation, but when we give of our time, goods or money what is our attitude of heart?
Do we need recognition from others as we give, needing them to know what we have done for them? If so, we are receiving our reward from people and not God. Ask God to help you grow in wanting his applause more than accolades from people.
Do we pray about what we should give, but quickly fill in the blank and only hear our voice as the answer? Our logical reasoning blocks out God's invitation to live with an open hand. Our possessions are God given and temporary.
There are countless testimonies today about God's provision that give us even more encouragement that God will supply all our needs according to his riches. One of my favorites is a story about a missionary who spent everything she had to get to a certain location. She did not know how she was going to make it when she arrived. Although this was not a logical planned out venture, God provided for her by repeatedly depositing cash into her linen closet! She had everything she needed to do the work God had called her to.
Be encouraged today. God loves a cheerful giver!
Prayer Team Lead