As I've traveled to different Dinner Parties and listened to people talk about their lives, there has been a common theme come up. It's a place that many people place most, if not all of their faith. It's a place that is hard to give up to God and trust that he can handle it.
Our budgets can be so tight that we feel like we can't squeeze God into them; even when we want to so badly. The problem with this is simple yet hard for us to grasp: Placing our faith in our finances means we are NOT placing our faith in our God.
You can't place your faith in two things. You can't trust in your finances to take care of you, and also tag God on at the end to take care of the other stuff finances can't provide.
Hebrews 13:5 says, "Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, 'I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.'"
God is not leaving you in the middle of your financial crisis. God won't leave you when your finances do. God won't give up on you when the bank does.
Money eventually runs out; God never runs out.
"While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. 'I tell you the truth,' Jesus said, 'this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.'" (Luke 21:1-4)
What are your two small coins? Where is your starting place? If you never start somewhere to be generous, your finances will continue to take the place of Jesus in your life. Are you trusting in your finances to give you peace in life, or are you trusting in Jesus?
The best place to start is where you are. If you've never sacrificed financially, start off small. Work your way up. If you've given for years like the rich people, maybe it's time to bump it up till it's more of a sacrifice.
The more the sacrifice-the more the trust in Jesus-the more you grow closer to him-the more he shows his perfect provision.
Let's all work to have the two coin faith of the poor woman.