Monday, May 3, 2010

Wondering

Wondering what it means for my family to "sacrifically" give?

3 comments:

Judith and Lance said...

Interesting. Lance and I were talking about the same thing a few months ago. Let me know what you find out.

Bobbi said...

I too ponder this subject....

Here is a devotion I've read, based off of Luke 21:4:

It says here that Jesus was watching rich people coming and putting loads of money into the offering box in the Temple. But the only offering he noted worthy of was the widow’s offering (which was only 2 Copper coins).

So what’s the difference? even though the rich gave a lot of money it was like taking a drop of water from the ocean. It did not raise a question about their next meal! Still they had a lot of money left, which gave them the assurance and made them feel secure.

But the poor widow gave what she had for her living. She was not worried about tomorrow. Her attitude of giving was not shaped by the capacity of her daily wage.

My dear friends, think for a moment. Is your attitude of giving shaped by the thickness of that bundle you earn at the end of the month? Do you feel your salary is too small so you can give nothing more than your tithes and offerings? How about the building fund? How about giving to the needy in your church?

Jesus honored the widow’s offering because she had to sacrifice her future in order to give. Then how much more God would honor and bless you if you give unto him sacrificially? Please don’t think your future is secure if you have a sufficient wealth. Money is here today, tomorrow it will be gone. But if you put your trust in the never changing God he will look after you and prosper you.

Bethany Patrice said...

Francis Chan has some great thoughts on giving..he talks about how we usually give from what we have leftover...but, ideally, we should give until we have nothing leftover. That's what Jesus did for us.