Daily Bible Podcast Day 021 – Exodus 1-2, Psalm 88, Luke 21

November 21, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan


“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’”

I have a pastor friend who has a couple of the coins that Jesus is referring to. They’re small, and about what a laborer then would earn in six minutes. Jesus makes the point that those who give even when poor have given more. He doesn’t say that the gifts are the rich are worthless, just that they are worth less in His eyes than what the widow gave. Jesus sees the gift in terms of the heart of the giver, not the monetary value.

It’s hard for me when the Bible brings up money. I often find myself saying things like, “when we’re making more money, then we’ll have more to give to the church and other worthy causes.” While my gifts aren’t worthless to God, I need to examine if my heart is right. Am I holding back because I’m worried about making sure we get our “fair share?”

Father, help me loosen my grip on “my” money a little. You make it pretty clear that money is a big heart issue. I struggle with this a lot, but help me to open up my heart a little more each day. I want to give gifts that you’ll find generous.

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