The fullness of empty

It is 5 minute Friday in which I write feverishly for five short minutes, find a picture to fit my story and then post without reworking and rewording the entire thing before being brave enough to publish!

This week the prompt is empty, rather fitting for my Friday evening really, but I am not going to write about being tired today.

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
(Luke 21:1-4 ESV)

Empty sums up the usual state of our bank account. I really like to not be anxious about money and how to pay all the bills.

Jesus wants this for me too, but His way of getting rid of my financial anxieties are very counter-intuitive. He simply tells me not to be anxious about what I will wear or what I will eat because God know I need these things and each day has enough to worry about without adding such considerations into the mix. Then He commends giving away all I have to live on.

Jesus makes it very clear that having stuff is not at all what life is about. We are given life for a purpose. That purpose is not to be comfortable and worry free. It is to worship God and be fully devoted to Christ in every aspect of life.

Emptying out that very last coin in my wallet and giving it to some charity takes away my ability to seek the things of this world for my source of contentment. Being unable to get what I want by spending money forces me to ask of God, who provides all I have anyway.

When my bank account and wallet are empty I still have breath in my lungs and even with an empty stomach I can pray, praise and seek God in His word.


Image of boy with empty wallet: iStock

6 thoughts on “The fullness of empty

  1. I have come so far and the Lord has taught me so much in this journey that you write about today. When my husband and I were newly married I worried so often and he had such peace about our financial state. We struggled to make ends meet, but he always trusted that God would take care of us. Through the years I have learned to trust as my husband trusted then and this trusting is so very freeing.


  2. Yes, to be thankful that we have breath in our lungs. That there are people in this world like that woman with her last coin and I will probably never experience this kind of poverty…,but I am learning to live on less and with less. You are so right. That kind of empty is a moment to praise God and seek Him all the more. Great post. So glad to have stopped by from Gypsy Mama.


  3. Hi,
    Thank you all for the great comments, you are very encouraging. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to respond to each comment as they were received,


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