Everybody Loves Somebody!
38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.
41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Too often we love others because we receive love in return. Think about this, we love God because He First loved us (1 John 4:19). This is not to cast love in a bad light, but to show that our love is imperfect at best. As a result we either love self or we love God.
Below are just two examples of love as it applies to us
Some people love a fool
Fool – it’s defined as a person who is silly or stupid person who lacks good judgement
It’s a strong word
It’s a word that we should not use lightly
Raca – refers to an empty headed person
“Religious” fool – the men were foolish in choosing not to follow God
They would walk around in elaborate clothing
They would expect to be worshiped as they walked in public
They were the local celebraties and were used to draw crowds to parties
They would profit in the extorsion of their town’s widows
They would pray loudly enough for as many people to hear them as possible
Jesus said they were headed for a great and terrible judgment
God had placed them where they were
They took advantage of that position
The religious fools still exist today
It happens in mega churches
It also happens in small churches
Many teach salvation by works
Salvation can only be attained by asking Jesus for it
“Rich” Fool – the men who love themselves
They gave great sums of money
It was treated more like a tip
Some would hire trumpeters to play as they gave their money
They wanted recognition of their giving by the people around
Rich fools exist today still
They believe their works will save them
Only Jesus’s work on the cross will save them
Some people love the Lord
They show love by giving all that they have
The poor woman gave a fraction of an average day’s wages
She gave all she could give
It was nothing as compared to the rest of the giving that was going on
Her money was equal to pennies
It was everything to God
Her gift was without fanfare
Her gift was everything she had to give
We are still talking about her gift today
Our “giving” reveals our love for the Father
God can to amazing things with the little gifts we give, but the real point to this passage is the attitude of the heart.
Who do you really love?
Has God spoken to your heart about who you love?
What can you do about it?