This morning we continue our daily devotions looking at what we do with money:
Save it – it is wise to save and invest. This is not storing up treasures on earth if the investment will help us serve God and meet our needs in the future. (We remember the story of Joseph who stored up grain during years of plenty to feed the people during years of famine.). The overriding principle is don’t allow your financial security to lesson your trust in God.
Give it away – our God is generous. We need to follow his example and give to build his kingdom.
Jesus was watching people give in the Temple and commented on a the widow who gave two copper coins and it was all she had.
Mark 12 v 41 – 44
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
The widow gave generously out of what she had
She gave deliberately, she went to give and she determined what she would give
She gave voluntarily because no one forced her, in fact we would probably have advised her not to give
She gave sacrificially – giving from the heart costs us something. Does your giving impact your holidays, the gadgets you buy or your meals out you have?
In our giving we should follow the Widow’s example.