Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
(Luke 21:1-4 (NIV))
What is it that you are willing to give to God?
Think carefully about this question.
Do you give only what is extra? Do you give only an hour on Sunday? Do you give only when it is convenient for you?
Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
(Proverbs 3:9 (NIV))
God wants us to give to Him first. He wants us to freely give back to Him what He has freely given to us.
Why does God desire this?
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
(Proverbs 3:10 (NIV))
God longs to bless us, but only if our hearts are truly His and we are mature in our faith. We need maturity so that we can be trusted with whatever He may entrust to us. We need maturity to realize that all that He gives to us in this world is only temporary. We need maturity to realize that everything is His to begin with and if He entrusts us with anything, it is not to be hoarded for ourselves. If we can be trusted to freely give back what He has given to us, then He can trust us with much more.