The king had everything and lost it all because of what he served. The widow had nothing, but gained everything because of WHO she served.
Life beckons us to be kings – to rule our own domain, to serve the gods of “get”—materialism, notoriety, achievement—those things that have insatiable desires that can’t be satisfied. If we serve these gods, not only will we never reach the point of attaining enough, but we will also never BE enough to satisfy the source of that hunger. Our all is not sufficient to meet their demands. The ultimate end is a price far too expensive to pay and an eternal result of defeat, demise, and shame. Conversely, “losing” our lives for the sake of the Lord has full soul satisfaction that cannot be measured or altered by the fluctuations of life. Furthermore, blessings that come without a price tag are added to our lives, and the honor of rich reward awaits in our eternity.
As this year ends and the new one approaches, let’s evaluate the fruit of our lives and the motivation from whence it grows. What is our internal drive that directs our decision making? Will its end be empty or full? Entering the new year with God and His purpose in focus will ensure a meaningful life and will extend saving grace to those we love—gifts that will extend far beyond next December.
Tip/Tidbit: Reflect on the recent Christmas. What made it a full and happy one or a bitter an empty one? What does your answer say about your eternal perspective? What needs to change this next year to make Christ, the God of grace, giving, and mercy, the central part of your life in every season