RICHES AND POVERTY
Are you rich? Do you have money to spare or does poverty seem to have a grip on your life? Do you have a customary amount set aside for the church every month? Maybe your weekly income changes all the time. When you have a chance to make more money by working overtime, does a smile cross your face and do you say to yourself, “Great, now I can give more!”?
A person I know was shopping one day at a food market, when he witnessed a caregiver saying to a blind man, “No you cannot buy that ice cream. You do not have enough money.” After checking out with his groceries, he went over to the checkout line that the blind man and his caregiver were waiting in and handed the clerk a sum of money and whispered directions that the money was to pay for the blind gentleman’s purchases; adding that if there was any left over to please give him the change. Then he simply turned around and walked away. He trusted God that the young lady at the cash register would comply with his wishes even in his absence.
Do you give from the heart? Do you give to others with love? Do you give so others can see you giving and say thank you? Do you give so you can feel good about yourself? Here Jesus did not give up the opportunity to teach his disciples a lesson on giving when they were at the temple. Mark tells us this:
“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. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44.
Is not the widow like Jesus? He gave all! To whom? For all!
Am I rich? Not by the material wealth that I have around me; which by the way, has all been given to me by my Father in heaven. I say YES, but I am rich with my Father’s grace and the promise of eternal life. I know when I leave this world of things, that I have a place in heaven with my Lord. The wealth I carry here is a loving wife, a son that surprises me with a visit on father’s day and a daughter that would drop everything if her help was needed elsewhere.
May you see wealth in your life,
In our Lord’s Name