Mark 12:41-44 (NIV)
The Widow’s Offering
41 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. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
The cost of following is a blog that recognizes the connection between our wealth and our spiritual lives. It was inspired by one of Christ’s famous lessons involving a woman – a poor widow – who gave everything she had as an act of faith in the goodness and worthiness of God. She trusted that God would provide for her, while the rich people around her only gave out of their excess.
Studies show that the richer you are, the less you give. As I grow older and grow in financial resources I want to actively work on that part of myself that is tempted to depend on money as a source of security, and become more free to give.
Ultimately, I want to be able to give all of myself – and give sacrificially of my finances – trusting that there is some divine mystery in losing your life in order to save it.
You are more sinful than you could ever dare imagine and you are more loved and accepted than you could ever dare hope-at the same time. – Tim Keller
“The cost of following” is a title I thought up for this blog years ago, but requires a bit of clarification.
The cost of salvation has been paid.
For me, and all people, “eternal life” is a free gift, so the only price I pay is faith in the one who loved me so much he gave his life for me, and no amount of self-righteousness, no amount of good works, will ever earn me that love – it is already a gift given.
But what does it cost to follow Jesus? Not what does it cost to be saved (see above: free gift) but what does it cost to actually believe that he is the saviour? That Jesus is the one from whom you get eternal life (the authentic, soul-lifting, purposeful, meaningful, abundant, over-flowing, capital-L Life)?
Every part of my life [relationships, thoughts, career, goals] falls under his Lordship [his direction, purposes, authority]; God is God, even of my bank accounts.
Therefore the cost of following really is my whole life. Every day and every dollar
To deny oneself means once, finally and for all to dethrone self and to enthrone God. – William Barclay
And that’s what this blog will explore. Sacrificial giving. Wise living. Loving Jesus more than money.