Thursday, January 1, 2009

Going all-out

As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. "I tell you the truth," 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" (Luke 21:1-4).

God’s giving is like that of the poverty-stricken widow. He could just give to us, out of his wealth, blessings like the sun and the rain. Instead he gifts us in ways that cost him something. He lavishes on us his personal attention. He grants us access to him as a friend—even though we can be annoying, immature, self-centered people. He gave up his rights and the luxuries of heaven to enter our world and give us a personal demonstration of what to be and how to do. Then he gave up his life to save our lives, even though it was our fault that we had lost them.

Are we reluctant to accept Jesus’ implication that we should give so sacrificially to God as this widow? Here’s the cure: realizing that God, for no reason other than that he loves and delights in us, goes all-out in his giving to us.

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