Friday, March 30, 2012

Five Minute Friday - Give

Give it all away
We give of our time, talents, and our finances.  We give blood.  We give thanks at Thanksgiving and at Christmas we give gifts.  We are a giving people. Some people are very generous, some are stingy.  Some just give to impress.  Some give to honor God.    

Luke 21:1 tells us one who gave it all.  The poor widow came to give a gift to the temple treasury.  Jesus was there with his disciples watching, as many came to give alms.  The woman simply offered her best, two very small copper coins.  She didn't make a big deal about giving.  

From what she had, she gave it all.  She gave it all away.    

Luke 21: 4 "All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."

With it being so small was it significant?  The widow gave it all which is in contrast to the way most of us handle our money.  When you consider the tithe, we are returning a portion of it back to God through the church.  But if we give a certain percentage of our income and consider that a great accomplishment, do we resemble those who gave "out of their great wealth"?  

The widow gave, but she gave extravagantly.  That's admirable.  That's honorable.  That's giving an offering.  That's giving like none other.  That's giving like Jesus.  That's giving it all away. 

How do you give?
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