My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
What is your relationship with money?
Where would you find yourself in this story?
Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to
drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and
overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who
were selling doves;
(Mark 11:15 NASB)
and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple.
(Mark 11:16 NASB)
And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS’? But you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”
(Mark 11:17 NASB)
And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums.
(Mark 12:41 NASB)
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.
(Mark 12:42 NASB)
Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you,
this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;
(Mark 12:43 NASB)
for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
(Mark 12:44 NASB)
In Mark we find a story of contrasts. In chapter 11 Jesus arrives
in Jerusalem and He observes the money changers working around the
temple. He is thoroughly disgusted with them and their behavior. They
are using the worship of God for their own financial advantage. They
are getting rich while, through corrupt means, they are taking money
from the poor. In the midst of this scene we hear Jesus speak and He
shares with us the "mission statement" for the Temple. It is to be a
"house of prayer for all nations!" Now, instead of prayer it had turned
into a place of commerce, and it is questionable as to whether the
Israelites ever fulfilled the evangelistic role to which God had called
them in the first place, reaching out to the peoples' of the world.
This is the end of scene one.
Scene two. Jesus is still at the temple and He is now sitting back
and watching what happens at the treasury. Undoubtedly He's curious to
see, once again, how the people are behaving in regard to money. At
first He is discouraged as He sees the rich come by and deliver large
sums of money. However, there was no sacrifice in their giving because
they had all that they wanted and needed. Then came the poor widow who
brought all that she could. It was then that Jesus was moved, for here,
finally He saw an individual around the Temple who had the heart of
God. In all the others, the love of money had jaded them, but not this
woman. She simply gave God everything.
The heroine of the story is a poor woman. Isn't it just like Jesus
to turn the story upside down? All the great people are in the story.
The great leaders of the Church, the great financial wizards, and the
rich laypersons and yet, the poor widow is the one who shows us what it
means to be faithful with what God has provided to us. It was good
"church" folks who had the wrong attitude toward money. Greed had so
corrupted them that it had even corrupted the very mission of the
Church. Who are you today, and what is your relationship toward money?
Lord, may I be as willing as the widow to give You all! Amen.