Today’s reading is Luke 21.
Most of us spend our lives trying to earn a good living. However, Jesus highlights the widow who hardly has any living at all as the epitome of all His teaching. In Luke 12:15, Jesus pointed out that life does not consist of possessions. In Luke 19:18-23, the one we call the rich, young ruler had a good living, but he walked away from true life. Here, a poor widow shows that she was focused on real life. She was willing to sacrifice her life so she could have real life. The point, of course, is not that simply being poor qualifies anyone for the kingdom. Neither is the point that being wealthy excludes anyone from the kingdom. However, we do learn that the idea that material goods are not the indicator of God’s approval. If God blesses you with a good living, that’s cool. Use it to glorify Him and serve your brothers and sisters. But don’t waste your years chasing a good living, invest your time pursing a good life. And through Jesus Christ find what is life indeed.
Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 21.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, in Luke 6, Jesus pronounces woes on the rich. What a shock? We tend to look at the financially wealthy as the blessed. We are convinced they must be doing something right. Jesus certainly doesn’t ultimately teach that being wealthy all by itself is a sin. Nor does He teach that the wealthy are lost. But let’s be honest, with those woes, He sets us up to look with a little sidelong suspicion of the wealthy. Further, He claims that the ones who are blessed by God are actually the poor and the hungry. The blessed are not the ones we think are blessed at all. Then we come to the widow Jesus saw in the temple treasury. And He brings us right back to that place again. The wealthy are able to provide all kinds of support in the temple treasury. But they are not, by that, automatically right with God or even good examples for us. They were simply giving from their abundance. The widow was truly giving. She was truly blessed and was truly a blessing. It’s tough, but we must learn to look through God’s eyes to see as He sees if we want to be truly blessed.