“And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all; For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God; but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.” Luke 21:1-4
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
These words give me so much encouragement. Isn’t it wonderful to know that God is a God of hearts? He is not impressed with our job titles, dress labels, social circles or bank balances. He is a God that is impressed with the intentions and passions of our hearts.
This verse was Luke’s account of witnessing Jesus in the temple of Jerusalem. Jesus was simply sitting and watching the hubbub of the temple activities. His eyes stopped to notice a woman that nobody else gave much attention to.
During that time, two mites were worth less than a penny. But, to this woman, it was everything she had. Many others were giving much more, but they had much more to begin with. In their giving, they gave from their abundance; there was no actual pain of sacrifice. The beauty of this story is that Jesus saw the sacrifice, and just like our heavenly Father, He brought attention to what was important.
If by reading these passages if, you only see a monetary issue being addressed, you have missed the richest point. God wants your all. He is impressed not with what you have to give, but the willingness to give whatever you have to Him.
When you do this, not only does it please Him; but it allows Him an opportunity to take your investment and give you a “God blessed” return on it. This only happens because everything that God touches cannot help but be blessed for it.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I have been looking at things so wrong. I have been afraid to give you my all, because I am afraid of sacrificing until it hurts. This fear has caused me to hold back my own blessing. Today is a new start, a fresh beginning. I give you all that I have. I give you my fears, my talents, my heart, my passion and the people in my life I can influence on your behalf. I give you every obstacle that has stopped me from taking that full plunge into a full commitment to you. I know that you can be trusted. In Jesus’ precious name, I want to be like that woman in the temple, I humbly bow and give it all to you. Amen.”
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan