All my livelihood

The word of God is a living word that speaks to my life.  When I slow down and listen, He speaks to me through it.  And many times He confronts and challenges me with it.  Yesterday was one of those days.  I was reading Luke 21:1-4:

“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.   So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all, for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

It is as though Jesus is contrasting two different kinds of people.  Both groups are at the temple.  Both groups are giving to the Lord.  But one group gives God gifts and the other gives God themselves.

The word “livelihood” caught my attention.  It is the word “BIOS”, which means life.  This widow gave her life.  She kept back nothing for herself.  She had no way to sustain herself or to meet her own needs.  She was utterly cast upon the Lord.  This kind of giving is uncomfortable….fearful even.  But sometimes it seems that there is no alternative.  The working of God upon the soul will bring us all eventually to the settled conviction that it is unreasonable and even impossible to continue with life as is.  All must be laid on the altar, tossed into the treasury, placed at His feet.

Have you ever felt that way?  What is one to do when it seems that God is requiring a surrender of everything comfortable and familiar for…..something unknown, unrevealed and almost certainly unexpected?

Surrender.   For the servant of the Lord is there really any other answer?

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