I give to see a movie. I give to keep warm. I give to things that I want to enjoy. These are priorities. We all do that. Giving to the cause of Christ is a touchy subject in a culture filled with giving. Nobody wants to be ‘told’ how to spend their resources. Yet, the Bible is full of ‘tellings’ on how to handle your money rather than letting your money handle you…more than 2,000 Bible passages on the topic which is more than most any other theme. This week’s text has this one:
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:41-44 ESV)
It appears for this woman, that giving what was right was also giving what was left. However, the Bible’s teaches generosity as a priority and not a last resort but a first response. Are you well versed on what the Bible teaches about finances and generosity? Does it influence your monthly budget? It is my honor to be able to discuss this during our small group time this Sunday after our 3:16pm worship time. Maybe you have questions that you would like answered. Do me the favor of sending them to me ahead of time and I will try and address any you have.
Have a great Friday and a great weekend!