December 31, 2018

Giving Generously - Matthew 25:31-40

A few years ago when our kids were all at home, we had a little piggy bank at our breakfast table. Each morning to get breakfast, all of the family members had to put a coin in the piggy bank to be used to sponsor urban kids to an urban camp. Every time anyone in the house made any money, no matter how small or how large, the first portion always went to some work God was doing around the world.

Family Discussions:

  1. What are some ways that you can give your widow's mite unto Jesus, specifically?
  2. Who are some less fortunate that you know today who would benefit from your sharing your time and your talent and your resources?
  3. Who gets the most when you give?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 I have a tiny little coin in my hand, and I carry with me as often as I think about it. It's a little Denarius, a little copy of the old Roman Denarius that the widow put into the offering, and Jesus said, "I'll tell you that she out of her poverty gave all that she had and so she gave more than everybody else." Today, I'm going to challenge you about your little widow's mite and how much it can mean to Jesus. We're in Matthew 25 verse 31, and Jesus says this, "But when the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep on his right side and the goats on his left side. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you before the foundation of the world for I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me in. Naked, and you clothed me. Sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or thirsty and give you something to drink? And when did we see you a stranger and invite you in or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?' The king will answer and say to them, 'Truly, I say to you, to the extent you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even to the least of them, even to the least of them, you did it unto me.'"

01:45 Poor people are starving to death. Hundreds of thousands are starving to death right now. Even as we're talking to each other, the rich throw food away. Old people lie in their hospital beds and starve for attention. You know, people, young and old, throw away an average of three to five hours a day in front of the TV set, you know, playing the video games, whatever, the Walkmans. Mentally and physically less-gifted people long for the opportunity to have a friend in school. The athletically and intellectually gifted pass them by in the hallways by the thousands without even saying hello or giving a smile. Fortunately, there are many, many Christians I meet who reach out to the less fortunate. Likewise, many solid Christians sacrifice necessity and give heartily to the poor of the nation and the world. In this passage, Jesus is very clear that if you love him, you take your time, your talents, and your possessions, and you give them away.

02:42 If you do that, you're what he calls a sheep, and you can know that he is well pleased. If you don't, you're a goat. Your faith is questionable at best. A few years ago when our kids were all at home, we had a little piggy bank at our breakfast table. Each morning to get breakfast, all of the family members had to put a coin in the piggy bank to be used to sponsor urban kids to an urban camp. Every time anyone in the house made any money, no matter how small or how large, the first portion always went to some work God was doing around the world. You know, we don't need to be ashamed that we're so blessed to live in our country, but sharing those blessings extensively shows God that you're a sheep and a treasured follower of the shepherd of the flock. The discussion questions today of this great devotional time are this: what are some ways that you can give your widow's mite unto Jesus, specifically? Secondly, who are some less fortunate that you know today who would benefit from your sharing your time and your talent and your resources? And then third question is this, who gets the most when you give? A little thought for the day would be this: giving, you see, is the trademark of legitimate faith. Got Your windows mite ready? Go out and use it.

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