Monday, February 7, 2011

The Sincerity

"As He looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 'I tell you the truth,' He said, 'this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on'" (Luke 21:1-4).

This weekend was an incredible weekend. I knew it would be. No, I'm not trying to be prideful. There were so many "little" things that were going on that seemed to try to take the focus away. But, as we sought the face of God with great SINCERITY, His presence was so evident!

I preached a message concerning the "unnamed woman" that Jesus spoke of. This was a woman of great desperation and great sincerity. What does it take to have a sincere desperation?
  1. Don't compare yourself to other people. If people are your standard, then your standard is set pretty low. Don't seek to please people. Don't compare yourself to them as though they were created by God to be a step higher than you. Focus on Jesus
  2. Focus on YOUR worship. Don't be so distracted by everyone else's relationship with God that you forfeit your own blessing. Worship Him alone...without the distractions of everything and everyone else. Be like David, willing to get even more undignified as you celebrate before the Lord...not people.
  3. Live out that desperate faith. The widow gave out of her deficiency to the One who was her All-Sufficiency. She didn't give what she could afford. She gave all that she had. David said it best, "I will not sacrifice to the Lord that which cost me nothing."
Are you living out that desperate faith of sincerity? Check yourself with the 3 T's:
  1. Time. Are you giving your time out of what you have or sacrificially?
  2. Talent. Are you allowing God to use you on YOUR terms, or on His?
  3. Treasure. Are you tithing and giving based on what you know you have, or based on being obedient to His Word...because your are DARING to live out that desperate faith?
If you missed out this weekend, please feel free to listen here. Have a great week!

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