Scripture: Luke 21:1-4

As Jesus looked up, he saw rich people putting their offerings into the treasury; then he happened to notice a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins, and he said, ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than any of them; for these have all contributed money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in all she had to live on.’

Observation

Jesus sees and notices everything. This is a great example of how deep the Lord wants us to be in a faithful relationship with him, trusting that he will provide for our very existence. To be generous down to our last cent is very confronting. I am the master of justification when comes to my giving and I frequently have what I think is a valid reason not to give more. I put myself first in reality. Me first, then what do the family need as I would like to provide for them all the comforts of a modern and privileged life. When the plate comes around, actually, even before I leave the home to go to church, I have assessed how much I will give this week or not give. This is based on how much I think that I have done, given to others, already spent during the week, what I need to buy or spend in the coming week. I have very little trust in God as my financial controller and overall provider. I have justified my actions and exhibited a lack of trust in Gods providence. This is not to say that I don’t give frequently to someone one the street that needs a few dollars, but hey, there it is, that’s my justification right there! I do a little bit so I don’t need to do anymore!

Application

I feel that the Lord is challenging me today. Challenging me to really think about how much I trust him, to think about my generosity, to think about my priorities.
Most importantly I need to think about how I view money and what it means to me! I met a guy that wrote a book called “Gods money matters”, I wrote the name of it down and have done nothing about it. I know that it is important as it spoke to me at the time but as I do many times, I haven’t followed it through. Rather than just say that today I will give an extra $20 dollars or something piecemeal, I will go and buy the book and look more deeply in to what God is questioning me on. Its his money, he created it, what will I do with all my blessings and abundance.

Prayer

Lord,
Thank you for drawing me in to your heart on a deeper level, for questioning how I live
Thank you providing the examples of a life that is centred on a deep trust in your providence in the living word today
Lead me Jesus, so that when you are watching me, I fill your heart with joy because of my actions and thoughts
May I show a more generous disposition to my fellow man
May all my doubts and fears just drop away as I allow myself to fall in to your loving arms
Amen