Do you ever feel dry in your walk with the Lord, and does your relationship with Christ seem less vibrant than it does at other times? The truth is loving God is not a feeling and loving God does not require only huge leaps of faith or great acts of service. Sometimes we feel like we have very little to offer the Lord, as we see in this story, the poor woman gave little but none the less from her heart!
Luke 21:1-4 Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
We really cannot offer God much at all, and even as Christians we must rely on who he is more so then who we are. Our loyalty and goodness are very minuscule in comparison but he still will receive our little acts of love if they come truly from a heart of love and worship.
Do not just obey or give God your time, love or energy only when you have a lot to spare and you feel super spiritual. We live by faith and not sight so everything done for Christ matters whether small or great.
Do not wait for that day that God will really use you. Why? Cause you don’t have to wait, today is that day! Did not Peter write in 1 Peter 1:3 “3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” You don’t have to wait for some special point in your life where you are “more sanctified”—When you trusted in Jesus for your salvation and the forgiveness of your sins he did not give you part of the Holy Spirit, NO, he deposited all of his power and riches in you so that you can live in victory over sin and have what Jesus called “the abundant life” So many Christians are living in spiritual poverty and need not to, I know this because I was too not long ago. Don’t beg God for his grace or strength any longer, but believe it is already in you and in faith just use it. “We walk by faith, not by sight” God’s power is not a feeling it’s a choice that all believers have.
God will at the end of the day not grade a saint on the size of their ministry impact but on the size of their love for Him and others. Let us not neglect to love Jesus in the process of serving him. It’s all about the relationship we have and this can be a challenge for me to not get so busy trying to change the world for the better that I neglect the one who is the best.
The Gospel preached is powerful, but the Gospel demonstrated is even more so. It is ultimately the kindness and love of God that draws men and women to the truth, and when we exercise God’s love as we should it can be that bridge that can reach even the most hostile of unbelievers. Always try to reach their hearts when you cannot persuade their intellect.
God we ask not for more spiritual gifts as much as more faithfulness to serve you better with our gifts! Jesus told a parable of the talents, and the key phrase in the parable was “He entrusted each of them according to their ability”— Wow, boom! God is not looking for factory mass production. He is looking for faithful men and women to take the gifts, talents, and time he has given then and faithfully multiply a harvest of fruit. “fruit that will last”
Motives for preaching the gospel
Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter and in spite of his grim looking situation he praised God that the good news about Jesus Christ was spreading through the Roman world. In the midst of being confined in a dungeon without knowing whether his release was coming or his execution, he also had to deal with people who were spreading the gospel but only for the motives to make Paul’s confinement all the more unpleasant.
Philippians 1:15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
The Apostle Paul knew something a lot of us don’t consider today when we share Christ with non believers, in spite of ill motives of some people who may give Christ a bad name with their behavior the truth is that no human being can thwart God’s plan. He realized that the Gospel was the power of God to convert the souls of those who heard it. The people who share Christ out of “envy and rivalry” will receive no reward from the Lord even if it saves thousands. At the end of the day the Lord will look at the size of the heart rather than the size of success. Winning one soul for Christ out of love is better than winning a thousand souls for the sake of selfish prestige.
The second truth Paul was aware of was that even if The gospel was preached out of insincerity by some it would still save some. The power is in the Word of Truth and not the mouth piece