December 3, 2021

Heart Matters

I assure you: This poor widow has put in more than all those giving to the temple treasury. For they all gave out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she possessed—all she had to live on. (Mark 12:43-44, HCSB)

We are at the time of year when we are gifting others. Some will do their best to outgive others. Taking the opportunity to show off their riches. Using it as a time to upstage others or flaunt their wealth; make others feel badly about their simple or inexpensive gifts. Sometimes this can happen in a family where the siblings may compete against one another in a subtle way. Each one trying to outgive the other to make their parents happy or proud.       

Jesus had taken position across from the temple. He was people watching. He could see the flurry of activity as crowds of gathered to give their offerings, dropping their monies into the receptacle located outside the temple. It was obvious that many were rich because of the large amounts they put in. But there was one poor widow that caught his attention and he used it as a teachable moment to tell his disciples about how much the heart matters in giving.

Whenever a gift is given from the heart it becomes a beautiful, love offering. There is no need to be proud simply because we have contributed or spent a large sum of money just as on the other hand there is no need to be ashamed of what we have to give when it is given from the heart no matter how small or simple it is. Let’s Pray,

Too often, God we judge a gift by the price tag attached. Our Lord taught the disciples and us a tremendous lesson about giving: any gift, any offering should be given from the heart, not based upon what others are doing or can do. God knows our predicament better than anyone else. Amen

Reflective Questions for Soul-Tending:

How do you decide what t ogive God and others at gift-giving time?

How will you incorporate today’s message into your plan of soul-care?

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