Change tinkles like diamonds in a crystal bowl.
In our pocket as we walk, in the bottom of our purse, or in our hand when we shake it around, those tiny rounds of metal sing to us as we go through the day.
“Spend me, spend me. There’s so much to buy.”
Seriously, there’s not much we can buy with change. Even our paper bills don’t go far. Often, we toss our change into a bowl or a drawer at the end of the day, and it’s forgotten, unless the kids root through it to fill their piggy banks.
On Sunday mornings, we pull out a few quarters and say, “For the Sunday school offering. Let Jesus know you love him,” and we smile as we wrap the change in their tiny hands.
Here’s the thing: no matter how much we drop in the offering plate, that’s not what God truly wants from us.
Read in John 4:24:
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Does that mean we can leave our change in our drawer, in our pocket, or in our purse? The church needs our money to fund its programs and pay staff salaries. But if we give and see that as our total duty, we’ve mistaken how to worship God.
We must worship in spirit. Our veneration of the holy Father must flow from deep within us, not just from our pocket.
We must worship in truth. Every part of us must fall away so that everything we are belongs to God.
“Spend me, spend me.” That’s what we must tell God and mean it. We are the gift he wants, an offering he can spend to further the message of the cross to a needy world.
God desires the gift of our heart, and it is pleasing to him.
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