It is time for Day 3 of the Generosity Challenge!
Here is the Scripture we will be focusing on today:
“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” 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)
This woman gave in the midst of hardship. How often do we still make that move? How often do we still trust God enough to continue our giving even when we feel the pain of it?
Go a step further to see the kind of hardship this woman was facing. It is all in her name. She was a widow. Think about the struggles she had daily. She had to deal with the loss of her husband, physical protection, financial support, spiritual leader, and probably so many more. Yet, she still gave.
In the moment that she chose to give, she unintentionally caused everyone to take notice. Why? It was because this was a rarity for someone who had little to still show generosity.
How is that any different today? The norm today is for people to open their hands ONLY when they feel comfortable doing so. We justify holding onto what is God’s when we feel as though there is little to be had. Yet again though, it is God’s. Even more, He is the God of ABUNDANCE. If we treat everything as His, every bit of it is a blessing. Thus, we can turn to give regardless of the quantity!
- Read Luke 12:15-20
- Read Matthew 13:44
Pray about these Scriptures. Take a moment to write down what is close to you in your life. Pray over that and ask God to show you the truth about those. Ask your best friend or spouse about that list. Does he or she think it is accurate?
How can you release those things?