Recently, I took a short trip to visit a friend that has moved. We renewed our friendship and encouraged each other. After that trip, I spent three days at a Christian Writers Workshop. When I returned home, my mind and heart overflowed with memories, experiences, and fresh ideas. I asked the Lord what I was to write. God inspired me through a post by Pastor Pete, author of “Praise 2 Worship“.
Pastor Pete expounded on the familiar story, from the Gospel of Mark about the widow’s offering. His concluding statement caused a paradigm shift in my thinking. New perspectives are good when they cause us to meditate and contemplate ideas.
The process was an exclamation point to the primary points I was mulling over from the Writers Workshop. A featured speaker shared his motive for writing. His explanation affirmed my reason for writing to glorify God and allow God to work in and through me. For that to happen I must surrender my writing to God.
The Widow’s Gift
“Sitting across from the temple treasury, he watched how the crowd dropped money into the treasury. Many rich people were putting in large sums. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two tiny coins worth very little. Summoning his disciples, he said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. For they all gave out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had —all she had to live on’ ” (Mark 12:41-44, CSB).
Jesus used the widow’s actions to teach the disciples: The widow gave all and the others gave a percentage. I’ve always thought of this story as a literal lesson about monetary giving, and it is that. But when we think about it as a metaphorical story it has a broader scope of application. Do I give my time and talents in addition to treasures to God?
Dear Reader, how are you using [giving and spending] your time, talents, and treasures? Are you putting all into God’s hands today?
The words to the classic hymn “Take My Life, and Let It Be” continued to roll through my mind as I thought of the widow giving all. Click here to enjoy the story behind the hymn lyrics.
Dear Father God, forgive me because I am guilty of offering you stingy gifts. I’ve too often given of my time and talents from the excess rather than offering you my first fruits, my best, my ALL.
Lord, today I pray the words of the old hymn, “Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.” Take my hands, feet, voice, silver and gold, moments, will and heart all for Thee. Like the widow, not a mite will I withhold. Amen.
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