Luke 21:1-4

During the season of Lent our devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s writer is Andy Allen.

He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4

It is hard to donate when you are poor. Why did the widow give anything at all? She had no husband to support her and very little money.  Nobody would notice if one poor woman did not donate to the church.

I think she tried her best because she loved God.

It seems like the rich man donated because people would see what he did and then like him. When you are rich, it is easier to give some.

Don’t donate just because others are watching or you think it will make you popular. Charity is not a competition. Try your best. Give because you believe in the results. It sounds like God will be pleased if you try, not necessarily on the actual amount you put in the collection plate.

I try to donate a part of my allowance to the church. I contribute my time as an acolyte for about one service per month, make sandwiches to the poor during learning group time, participate in my church community activities, and work to become more attached to God through confirmation.

All these things together are a few hours a week. It is a small amount of time compared to all the time I have. I do it out of love, not just because Mom drags me to church. It is a small amount compared to what grownups can give, and a small amount compared to what I wish I could give.

I should try to remember that all the little things from me and everyone else can add up to big things.

Even though sometimes it seems like I don’t have much to give, it is surprising that some days it is still really hard to give my time and money. Sometimes it is hard to do the right thing. You can ask God to be with you and give you strength to do the right thing.

Let us pray: Lord, help me to give with a generous heart and with thankfulness for all that you gave me. Compared to you, I have so little to give, but help me to give my very best. I know you can use it to your glory. Amen.

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3 Responses to “Luke 21:1-4”

  1. Alan Balius Says:

    Please tell Andy how much his devotional meant to me today. Thanks, Alan

  2. Dick R Says:

    This young man’s words give this old octogenarian renewed hope for the future of our church. God bless him and the congregation that nurtures him.

    Dick

  3. Bernice Heck Says:

    Thanks to Andy for a very thoughtful devotional. It was very encouraging to hear this from a fine young man as he must be. He will become the kind of man God will be pleased to call His own.

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