Friday, November 16, 2018

What cost faith?

The Widow’s Offering Mark 12:41-44

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Every day you are given the opportunity to give everything you have to the Lord. As related in the passage above, the wealthy gave their excess to great praise. However, the widow gave all she had knowing that the Lord would take care of her needs. When Jesus points out the discrepancy between the two offerings, they didn't see that what she was giving took a greater amount of faith than did those who gave so much more.
God asks us to give it all; time, wealth, intention and problems. He is the Lord of all and he can see further down the road to ensure you have everything you need when you need it.
When you come to the Lord, are you coming with everything? Are you prepared to lay it all at his feet? Do you have the faith of a mustard seed?
Matthew 17:20  He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Jesus asks you to have faith and to give all you have to him. He will manage it for you and will give to you what you need when you need it. You have more than likely been living inside of want, and therefore, you have been surviving the ebb and flow of life instead of living inside of faith.
When you choose to pray today, lift your burdens and joys to Jesus. Let him be your partner in life and let him take you by the hand to meet the Lord of all.

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