By Sylvia Stewart
Today's Scripture: Luke 21:1-4
Central Thought: Generosity does not depend on the quantity in a purse, but on the quality in a heart.
Jesus, standing near the treasury box of the temple, saw the rich giving their gifts. The rich were known to hold their hands high so their many coins would clatter into the metal basin and draw everyone's attention. Or they would blow trumpets before casting in their gifts. Everything was done for show.
Jesus also observed a widow bringing her gift to the temple. The offering she gave was quite different from that of the rich; it was:
- Two—not many
- Small—not large and valuable
- Very—not even just small, but very small
- Copper—not silver or gold
- Coins—not bills of higher value or golden jewelry set with precious stones—just coins.
In fact, Jesus said she gave everything she had to live on. She threw herself on God's mercy, believing He would supply every need she had.
It has been said that God loves a cheerful giver, but He gladly receives from grouches as well. Giving is important to God's economy, but whether we are wealthy or poor, our attitude toward giving and willingness to give to Him are more important than the amount we give.
Jesus gave us all we have, and He can supply every need we have (Philippians. 4:19). Let us give back to Him—cheerfully.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to develop a generous heart. I do not want to give grouchily.
Today's Bible Reading: Joshua 24:1-33; Luke 21:1-28; Psalm 89:38-52; Proverbs 13:20-23