Something jumped out at me today as I read Mark 14. In vs 5 a young woman is rebuked for pouring out very expensive oil on Jesus’ feet. Her decision to give something very valuable to Jesus was unappreciated by many (interestingly, Jesus was fine with it). In vs 11 there is another kind of gift given. Judas was paid to betray Jesus. There was no dispute or rebuke. Judas was appreciative of the gift.
It is interesting that our culture will often dispute giving to the church, but stay silent on how much we spend in other parts of our lives. I find myself doing the same. I will often conserve my resources when given the opportunity to help the poor and then spend that same amount on unimportant things.
Have you ever thought when faced with giving to the poor, or the the church, or to a non-profit, “I really don’t have money to spare.” I have. The problem with that, is I know I have money to spare for coffee or maybe a new gadget. Something doesn’t add up.
I’ve been challenged today to be a giving person. To not hold onto to whatever resources I have or don’t have, but to be ready to give.
We have a Wednesday night service at Westside, the first Wednesday of every month, called Kurios. This past Wednesday, one of our pastors got up and had the single moms raise their hands so we could pray for them. Then, before he prayed, he told the rest of us to take out our wallets and give something to those who raised their hands. Come on! I was so moved as I saw people, with joy, get up out of their seats and give. It was so cool to be a part of that and it felt right.