Yesterday, we talked about the “M” word – muh muh muh money. If you’re like me, you don’t have a whole lot of it, so every dollar is precious.
However, I think there is a misconception that needs to be cleared up. Just because you don’t have very much money, doesn’t mean you don’t have to give and be generous.
That may bother you, but it’s true. Part of the struggle when you have less money than others around you is that we feel that because they have more, then being generous is not big deal for them. But when you don’t have very much of it, you feel like there isn’t a dollar you can do without.
Trust me, I know the feeling. And I wrestled with it for a long time. “Am I really supposed to give away some of what I already don’t have enough of? I mean, I can understand why God would tell the people with a lot of money to give it away, but come on, we don’t have nearly as much as others do!”
But look at how Jesus responded to this very situation:
Luke 21: 1-4
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”
Like we said on Sunday, it’s a heart issue not a money issue. God can’t be the King of our heart if He is not the king of our money.
The poor widow, even though she just gave a couple of pennies, gave a more honoring sacrifice than all the rich who were putting their gifts into the treasury.
A key phrase we need to see and contrast is “out of their abundance” and “out of her poverty.” Most people give out of their abundance. But, as we can see here, God has a special place in his heart for those who give out of their poverty.
So, your mission for this week, is to track where your money is going. Why is that the mission? Because, I think you will be surprised at how much abundance we all actually have. We say we don’t have enough money to give, but we have enough money to buy coffee. We say we don’t have enough money to give, but we have smart phones with data plans. We say we don’t have enough money to give, but we bought a new car. We say we don’t have enough money to give, but we eat more food than anyone our size should eat.
Once you start tracking your money, I think you will see that a lot of your money goes to things that aren’t absolute necessities. And you’ll be able to free up some of your money to start giving to God and being generous.
Where does your money go?