Fields of Gold Devotional
Day 4: October 17 by Gerald & Winona Gotcher
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Mark 12:42-44
Most of us are familiar with this story of the poor widow giving everything she had. That certainly takes an enormous amount of faith. Whether we are making a first time stewardship commitment or have been giving for many years, few of us will ever make that sacrifice but we can continue to grow in our giving.
God gave us life and many biblical passages assure us He will provide for all our needs. It seems we know and trust that He has provided us with life, but we give Him little credit for providing our daily needs. As we develop a closer relationship with God, we understand that all that we have is a gift. Therefore, we can give more abundantly from the heart.
In 1994, Mother Theresa commented in her speech at The National Prayer Breakfast to “Give until it hurts.” Sometime later a friend and I were discussing church monetary issues and I used her quote. He said that he had increased his giving each year but was always blessed for his sacrifice. We should not give in expectations of receiving more, but to advance the Kingdom of God and spread the word.
In our personal giving it has been a journey. Each year, we have tried to move upward in our giving. While we have not given until it hurts, we have prayed for God to show us the path to giving more. In the last few years, we got closer and then finally, met our tithing goal. Looking back it feels good to know we are contributing to the kingdom of God.
Most Holy God, both the widow and Sister Teresa had enough trust in God that they gave all they had. We lack the faith to give everything, but give us guidance in increasing our giving to help support your glorious kingdom. Amen.
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