The old saying, “Time is Money” took on a whole new meaning for me this week when I reread an old bible story with a new perspective.
In Luke 21: 1-4 we are introduced to the Widow bringing her offering to the temple:
1LOOKING UP, [Jesus] saw the rich people putting their gifts into the treasury. 2And He saw also a poor widow putting in two mites (copper coins). 3And He said, Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; 4For they all gave out of their abundance (their surplus); but she has contributed out of her lack and her want, putting in all that she had on which to live.
I started to think about this woman and the sacrifice that she made to trust God to provide for her needs after those two copper coins left the palm of her steady hand.
The bible does not tell us that she stopped and thought about what she was doing or seemed worried as she put them in but rather that she contributed out of her lack and her want. She dropped those coins knowing that God would make a way.
Often times many of us, myself included, give out of our comfort zone. We give of money in a way that fits into our budgets, we give of our talents in a way that is not too demanding, and we give of our time to causes that we deem worthy of our investment and involvement.
Comfort zones can be stumbling blocks to our growth as Christians because when we are in one we often give out of OUR definition of sacrifice.
As Christians we need to beware of the dangers that lie in our comfort zones because often times blessings, opportunity, and growth lie just outside it’s boarders.
God gives us each 24 hours in a day– no matter what your position, rank, net worth, or popularity we each get the same chance each day to make a difference. Are you spending your time inside a comfort zone- giving like the wealthy man in the story who gave only what was required of them? Giving in a way that is respectable but not uncomfortable?
Or Are you all in? Like the widow in this story are you willing to place yourself 100% on God’s agenda for your time each day and watch him use you to accomplish greater things than you ever could have planned or prepared to do with your 24 hours?
Change your perspective of time to be this:
T.I.M.E= These investments matter eternally
It is not time management we are working to master, it is investment management. I think we could do no better than learn to develop an investment strategy like the widow — give it all and let God use you, your time, your talents, and your energy– for his purposes! Talk about return on investment!