The Widow’s Offering
41 Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.
43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”
We live in a world where the phrase “who asked you,” is all but too common. A world that says speak only if spoken to. And a world that says good enough, really isn’t good enough actually.
However, there is a God that cares for your two cents. There is a God that cares about what you have to say. A God that longs for you to speak to Him (and listen too). A God that created the universe and all that is in it, yet waited until His creation of man to say what He created was very good (Genesis 1:31).
God cares about everything you say. He cares about everything you do. And He cares about everything you have. Never believe the lie that God is too good to want what little you have, if you’re giving it with all you heart. While the world may not care for your two cents, God does.
My scripture motto for 2018 is Hebrews 10:24, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”
Originally, this verse to me was simple, do good things for people. Just make sure that out of love you do good things for people so they will be encouraged to carry it on. And while that is true, there’s more.
See, encouraging those around me will require getting to know people a little better. And it will certainly require listening more. Because to encourage an individual is to know what it takes for them to be encouraged and following through with it.
While kinds words may encourage me, a pat on the back is what someone else may need. The verse says think of ways, meaning what works for you might not works for others, so don’t assume it does.
So, want you join me in intentionally encouraging others to love and good deeds, not only by encouraging them the way you like to, but the way they need you to?
Where there is no love, there is no point. Let every you do be done with love. We may argue whether or not that’s possible. Who loves doing dishes? Who loves cleaning up, right?
But I don’t think it’s the task we’re supposed to love. It’s being able to help that we’re supposed to love. I don’t have to love doing the dishes in order to love the fact that doing them will make someone else feel better.
A lot of times we think that because we don’t love it, we can’t do it with love. That’s just not true. We tend to think that if we’re not in love with the task, we shouldn’t even have to attempt doing it. However, I believe this verse means that we do things out of love.
I may be wrong, but I’m sure that out of all that Jesus was able to do on Earth, washing the disciples’ feet wasn’t done because He loved washing feet. And that is the point. Setting an example of love and sacrifice was more important than anything to Christ.
What does it mean for you to be able to do for others? It means serving, serving means sacrifice and sacrifice is love. At the end of the day, if you’re not willing to sacrifice, some would argue whether or not you’re even willing to love.
And where there is no love, there is no point… is there?
1 Corinthians 16:14 And do everything with love.
Psalm 56:8 (NLT)
You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
God cares. It’s just that simple. He is never too busy for you. He is never bored with you. He is never tired of you. He cares.
He keeps track of your tears and records each one in His book. He remembers. He cares enough to remember. The amount of hairs on your head are considered important enough for Him to know. He cares to know.
Isaiah 49:15 Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible,
I would not forget you!
If God cared this much for Jerusalem, how much does He care for you? In other words, can He forget His prized possession? YOU! Does He have to be reminded of His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)? Nope. Why? Because He cares.
God cares. He cares about you. He cares about me. He cares enough to remember. He cares enough to know the things that you don’t even care to know about. God loves you enough to care. So, why don’t we do the same?
Additional Scripture: Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Proverbs 17:9 (NLT) Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
but dwelling on it separates close friends.
I don’t like arguing with my husband or anyone. I don’t like disagreeing with people. I don’t like being hurt and having to forgive. Who wants any of that, right?
Today, I read Proverbs 17:9 and I thought about my roll in a person’s forgiveness story. Now, I’m not saying people should hurt you just so you forgive them over and over and over. I am saying that every time you forgive a fault against you, you do your part in preserving love.
Every time I forgive my husband or vice versa, our marriage grows a little more love. When forgiveness takes place, love prospers. It’s dwelling on mistakes that strains the relationships.
Is it easy to forgive? Not always. It is right to forgive? Always. If we’re placed on this earth to love and forgiveness makes love prosper when we do, forgiveness is that much more important.
I believe, we’re most like Christ when we serve and when we forgive. Christ didn’t have to do either, but He chose to. He chose to set the example. Surely I can do both because I need to. Really, I believe God is saying, just put a little love in your heart.
If Jesus can forgive crucifixion. Surely, we can survive and find a resolution – India. Arie
I don’t think we can overemphasize the love of God. He really loves us. I can’t fully explain it, but He does. He doesn’t have to. He could just make us be whatever He wants us to be and feel however He wants to about it. But in His infinite wisdom and love He created choice. He created the choice to love us and the choice for us to love Him in return.
Think about it. God is perfect. And that’s the best we can do to describe Him because He is so much more than just that. And He deals with us. He created us. He uses us to create things. And we’re not perfect.
We don’t acknowledge God very often. Some people never will. But He still loves us. He still chooses to use us. Isn’t that love?
AND, He sent His Son to die for us. He saw our sin and imperfection and how empty Heaven would be without us there and decided He didn’t want that. So He sent His Son to die for our sins, past, present, and future.
His sent His Son from Heaven to earth. Perfection to imperfection. Purity to impurity. And why?
Because through His Son He would be able to further relate to us. And to a God that is Love, it’s more important for Him to be able to relate than dictate.