Daily Update from Pastor David April 3, 2020
Friday, April 3
Update & Prayer Notes
Luke 20 & 21
I love the story that Luke includes about the widow and her gift. Perhaps I identify with the story because I’ve never been wealthy, but I hope I’ve been generous. When I was twelve I had a paper route, and one year near Christmas was rewarded with a $5.00 tip from a customer. The following Sunday I put the whole thing in the offering at Sunday School. My parents received a phone call from the teacher, probably wondering if it was “ill-gotten”, and therefore “filthy lucre” on the offering plate!
This brief paragraph comprise of a few sentences communicates volumes.
1He looked up and saw the rich dropping their offerings into the temple treasury. 2He also saw a poor widow dropping in two tiny coins. 3“Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” —Luke 21:1-4
God notices what we give. Jesus saw, not just the widow’s tithe, but what others entering into the temple gave. He sees what I give too. Generosity is not an amount or even a percentage. It’s an attitude of worship.
Our heavenly Father evaluates what we give differently than we. We look at the dollar value. God looks at the heart value. How could the widow’s two coins, tiny as they were, be more than all the others had given? Because the true worth of our gift is in the pleasure of the Father.
Generosity comes first. Every time the Bible speaks of giving it emphasizes giving first—before I consider my needs or the pile of my bills, or the debts I must settle. Before this widow concerned herself with what she might need to live on, she gave. Others looked after their needs first and gave from the surplus.
God blesses giving that demonstrates faith. We don’t have the widow’s reward mentioned. But the very mention of the widow means that her act of generosity will be remembered and honoured as long as the Bible is read. I know that I’ve been blessed materially by exercising the discipline of giving first.
These are tough economic days for many. Fixed-income seniors have felt the impact of market losses. Many people have lost their jobs. Business owners may be facing bankruptcy. These are difficult times. So giving generously right now may be a step of great faith.
Are we trusting God to see us through this pandemic? Are we trusting God for health and livelihood, protection and provision? How can we demonstrate that we’re trusting him? By exercising the faith to give. It’s a challenge.
Will I be faithful?
- Pastor David Booker