Serve the LORD with Gladness
LORD God as I come into Your house today, chase from my mind all worries and troubles, problems and concerns, and every other distraction so that I can truly focus on hearing Your Word and offering You my praise and prayers. Open my eyes to seeing the ways in which I can serve You in ways both big and small, and fill my heart with such an abundant joy in my salvation that I am moved to give of myself out of thanksgiving to Your glory. Amen.
The apostle Paul gives perspective on our money and earthly possessions. They are all gifts from God given for this life only. They are intended to provide for us in our earthly time of grace; they are not an end unto themselves. Therefore, it is possible to be content with just the essentials. Godliness with such contentment—whether God grants wealth or not--protects us from the dangerous pitfalls of loving money or other material blessings. Such love is idolatry and leads to all kinds of sorrow here and eternally.
The Scribes of Jesus’ day were pretenders. They pretended to be worthy of honor in their official capacity. In reality, they were not giving of themselves in service to the LORD, rather they were using their external service of the LORD to serve themselves. The widow whom Jesus saw was the exact opposite. She gave all she had out of love and in service to the LORD her God.