“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.'”
(Mark 12:41-44 NIV)
Take cakes or biscuits with you to share.
Suggest drinks or dinner after work to celebrate the end of the month.
Think of someone who’s in need of a treat and get them something special or take them out to the cinema or for a meal.
What did I do?
Well, as I am now a part time student (and retired from my profession) the option of suggesting drinks after work was out.
I bake cakes every Friday anyway for our church net/cell/home group (delete as applicable!) so Green option was an easy one but not a challenge- and this is supposed to be a challenge right?
Well, God’s perfect timing was evident. Yet again just as I finished reading today’s challenge (sat in the Singapore Zoo on an inset day with my daughter) I received a message requesting some financial support.
Now, we are in the middle of moving house. 2 months rent deposit plus 2 months rent in advance, stamp fees and agents fees (also one months rent) not to mention the actual removals fees means that we are haemorrhaging cash and our savings at an alarming rate. (NB Move was not our choice- landlord gave us notice she wants to move back in. C’est la vie!). However, as today’s verse demonstrates, giving generously even when we are struggling ourselves is sacrificial love.
So I immediately initiated a bank transfer (from the zoo – isn’t technology great!) for more than double what I would normally send. Now I took an intake of breath and prayed and pressed send. That’s faith in action. This person’s needs are greater than mine and frankly it feels good helping someone who really needs it and had the courage to ask for help.
After the first two #40acts this was the first were I really felt challenged by God – “where is your heart?”. The love for my family in Christ knows no borders, boundaries or restrictions. We are one family. God loves us all the same. It is a joy to help one another.
How awesome is our God!