The greatest barometer of our belief in Christ is our giving. Our theology can be correct, our knowledge of scripture can be plentiful, but our giving habits tell all. As we begin our season of generosity, we step back from our series in Acts to consider our generous God and the generosity we show to others. Let these devos seep into the cracks and crevasses of your soul to widen the spirit of generosity in your life.
“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and He was a poor widow put in two small all copper coins.” Luke 21:1-2
Times are tough. They were in Jesus’ day too. The religious leaders were swindling the poor and defenseless. This particular widow drops into the treasury trumpets what little she had to live on. Jesus sees her sacrifice and declares her gift was more significant than all the others. Jesus experiences and expresses gratitude at the sight of our generosity.
It isn’t difficult to see that times are hard for many people around us and across the world. The economy, at least for many, offers challenges. Money is spent before paychecks arrive. It’s during times like this that we recognize the statement, “Charity begins at home.” However, sometimes giving isn’t based on charity at all; it is based on faith in the relationship that God has with us.
This applied to the widow, who cast her two mites in Luke 21:14, and there are other widows who show the importance of the combination of faith and charity. Such as the widow who shared her last cake with Elijah, or the widow of Zarephath and her bottomless cruse of oil. How interesting it is that those who have the least to share are the ones who are the most generous.
Today, we need not be concerned with how much we have to share, but how willing we are to share what we have. We show we have generous hearts with every penny given to feed the poor, every prayer given to feed a soul, every action to right a wrong. These actions show we are strong in faith as well.
As you pray to discover and fulfill the cause that God has put in your heart, know that all of the people with whom you have had any kind of relationship will come together to help prepare you for what God has planned for you.
Lord, help me to be willing to allow You to mold me and work through me to learn to live a life of generosity.