Easter is a few short days away. We will worship on Good Friday and rejoice on Easter Sunday. We know the story: Jesus came, was crucified, and rose again. The grave would not be his final resting place. No, Jesus would take his rightful place at God’s right hand.
Days before Jesus’ crucifixion, religious leaders were yet again challenging Jesus’ authority. It is here, in the days before the cross, I have been challenged.
Give It Away
My husband and I are inconsistent about reviewing our budget. We know our expenses, and they do not change much month to month. I know how much to pull out for the upcoming month. We have tried, oh we have tried, with spreadsheets and conversations, to be diligent in this task. I promise we have. But, we are consistently inconsistent. There is one category, and only one, we have agreed will only see an increase: our giving. We give above the ten percent, but I wonder, are we giving as much as we could?
Learn From A Widow
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4)
She gave all she had to live on: two coins worth very little. Yet, to the Savior? She gave a vast treasure. The widow gave what would have been easily held onto. Surely she could have used those coins for food. Yes, there must have been valid reasons to not give that day. But she gave all she had anyway.
While Scripture does not say, I believe she smiled as she placed her copper coins into the treasury. She knew God would provide for her. Truly, she had a giant sized faith. Her God would not leave her. He would not forget her.
What Will We Give?
I question my own faith, what I deem to be a sacrifice, as I read about the poor widow. Am I giving out of my surplus or my poverty? Is our giving an act of faith because it just doesn’t add up on paper? Or, am I feeling falsely proud of us because at least we give above ten percent? Is pride or faith leading our giving?
Easter, more than any other time, reminds me to hold the things of this world loosely. I am aware everything I have, even the filling of my lungs with air, is all grace. Grace from a good, good father, showering me with undeserved gifts. There is food on our table. We have a house to live in, and closets with clothes we do not even wear. As I loosen my grasp on the world’s shining objects, I long to give more. I grab on to more of Heaven as I let more of the world go. I want my treasures to be stored up in Heaven. Don’t you?
Preparing for Easter
As you prepare to celebrate Easter, and praise the risen Savior, what sacrifice is He asking you to make? Is it a sacrifice of money? Time? Service? As you consider the sacrifice made for you, a sacrifice that bridged the gap between here and eternity, ask the Father to show you what sacrifice He would have you make. I will be doing the same. Yes, let’s walk together this week, hands wide open, willing to let go of whatever He asks. We have so much to gain by letting go.