Two Coin Minimum

...Just then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, "The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they'll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn't afford- she gave her all!"
-- Luke 21:1-4 The Message

This brief and amazing excerpt is probably one of the most profound statements the world needed to hear then and even more so in the world we see and live in today. This message isn't a call to be religious or is to be hypothesized by philosophers. It's a message to encourage a personal relationship with Almighty God.

No, really, it is! You see, the man the story is referring to is Jesus Christ. The first couple sentences kindly displays that He was just looking. Looking for true worshippers. It is more than obvious that God isn't about church needing all your money. To be honest about it, God doesn't need money anyways. He's doing pretty well! What He does desire though is a personal relationship with each and every one of us.

A relationship (or friendship) is built on trust. To trust is to rely on, to believe whole heartedly, to lean on or adhere to. It is built on communication. The poor widow obviously had a relationship built on trust if she was to give 'all that she had.' She had to believe that her God wasn't going to leave her high 'n' dry. And to know that, she had to of relied on Him before and seen His faithfulness time and time again.

"The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today." She didn't give because she had to, the rich people didn't. They weren't even going to miss what they were giving. She didn't hang on to the cash because she was poor and felt she deserved it. "... She gave extravagantly what she couldn't afford- she gave her all!" Note the exclamation mark on the last sentence. God gets very excited when one gives his or her all. It is not about the money, remember, He doesn't need it. All is meaning your deepest treasure- your heart. It's your heart that holds every desire be it known or secret. Your heart is where you keep everything inside. And it is your heart where God desires to reside.

The only way you are going to get God to reside in your heart or your life is you are going to have to ask Him to, literally. He won't force Himself on you. He just wants to hang out with you, personally. And what was true then is still all so very true today. God talks and He also listens! And because He knows right where you are at you don't have to wait until you are at church, or until you've got it all figured out or whatever. Just talk to Him and listen. Tell Him who you are, what's going on. Ask Him for help if you need it. Give to Him extravagantly what you think you can't afford- your all! That's what he is looking for. That's the two coin minimum.

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