Day 256 – The Cost of Giving
On: July 14, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4
In an age when conspicuous wealth magnifies the growing chasm between the haves and have nots, this vignette resonates down the centuries to throw fresh light on a familiar dictum: it’s not what you’ve got that matters, but what you do with it. Jesus is not concerned here about the value to the recipient of the gifts given; rather the cost to the giver.
How so? God doesn’t need our money any more than He needs our skills. The Creator of the Universe is not short of resources to run His World. He chooses, however, to work with His creatures to grow a relationship of love and trust between us and Him.
The implication in the story is that the rich were carrying out a duty, with little impact on their self sufficiency. The widow was risking all in an act of love. In the currency of the Kingdom of God, money and, in particular, how we use it, is but a measure of our heart.
Father God, show me, each day, how I might open my heart to demonstrate Your Kingdom love to those I meet. Amen