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Like God Gives

Like God Gives

21 January 2009

Scripture:

1 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people putting their gifts into the collection box. 2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two pennies. 3 “I assure you,” he said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. 4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.” (Luke 21:1-4 NLT)

Observation:

It’s interesting that Jesus took time to watch people give. Wealthy businessmen proudly dropping in cloth bags of gold coins, fathers leading their young sons to the collection box and coaching them as they dropped in silver coins, and a poor widow shyly putting two copper coins in the box and quickly walking away, embarrassed at how little she had given.

Jesus called to his disciples and showed them how God sees our giving. It’s not how much you give that gets God’s attention (this is the God who created a billion galaxies and owns the cattle on a thousand hills), it’s how much you have left when you have given (this is the God who gave his one and only son so we could live and not die).

Application:

How can I give like God gives?
• A single mom who earns the income that provides for her kids and still gives her time to serve others and gives her tithe to do God’s work gives like God gives.
• A busy executive who carves out a piece of his most valuable resource, his time, to serve in his church or community, and who gives financially in a way proportionate to his income gives like God gives.
• The young woman or man who postpones the career track for a couple of years to serve the under-resourced or to represent Jesus in an under-evangelized nation gives like God gives.
• The older person who sacrifices well-earned leisure to parent the parentless or utilize a lifetime of skills to meet a present need in church or community gives like God gives.

Prayer:

Father, help me learn how I may give like you give. Help me by my words and my example influence others to give and live in a way that Jesus will notice. Amen.

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