Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. – Luke 21:1-2 (ESV)
It isn’t hard to see that times are rough for a lot of people. The economy, at least for many, offers unprecedented challenges. It seems that money is spent before paychecks arrive. It’s during times like this that we recognize that second Century author, Terence, was inspired by God when writing, “Charity begins at home.” However, sometimes giving isn’t based on charity at all. It’s based on faith in the relationship that God has with us.
As well as the widow, who cast her two mites in Luke 21:14, there are several other widows who show the importance of the combination of faith and charity. Such as the widow who shared her last cake with Elijah or the widow of Zarephath and her bottomless cruse of oil. How intriguing it is that sometimes those who have the least to share are the ones who are the most generous.
Today, we need not be as much concerned with how much we have to share, but how willing we are to share what we have. Every penny given to help feed a mouth, every prayer uttered to help feed a soul, every action to right a wrong – this not only shows that we have generous hearts, but that we are strong in faith as well!
As you seek to discover and fulfill the cause that God has put in your heart, know that all of your life experiences – and all of the people with whom you have had any kind of relationship – will come together to prepare you for what God has planned for you. Your job is to be willing to allow Him to mold you and work through you.
Applying this to Life
My kids teach me the best lessons in generosity. As a big family, our girls have learned that their toys, books and clothes will be shared by their siblings, so they hold things very lightly. When it comes time to de-clutter their room, they willingly part with possessions, knowing they will be donated to kids in need. Our kids know we will provide what they need, so they’re willing to part with stuff.
I want to develop a generous heart like my kids. An understanding that my Father provides for me and that I should hold onto things lightly. I want to have a willingness to donate to others in need.
The Sea of Galilee is teeming with life. It’s full of countless species of fish and plants. It feeds the Jordan River that flows south and empties into the Dead Sea. The salt content of the Dead Sea is very high and marine life is nonexistent. Many springs feed the Sea of Galilee – this overflow goes into the Jordan River, and then into the Dead Sea (which has no outlet). The Dead Sea hoards what it receives and provides no life. Let us not be like the Dead Sea.
I pray that you invest your time and resources into a ministry that you believe in. I’m excited to visit Guatemala in August with FH’s bloggers and see how my child sponsorship support is helping a child and a community.