April 18

Joshua 2:10-11 (NIV) 10We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.

Of all the people in this city, this harlot named Rahab was the one who wanted the true God. They all heard the stories of how God had been with Israel, and they were all fearful, but only Rahab had the sense to align herself with that God.

Your testimony is one of your most powerful witnesses that your God is God in heaven above and earth below. Perhaps you do not have amazing stories like the Israelites did, but a godly life is an amazing story in itself. The fruits of the Spirit have their own attractive testimony. Honest people know they are evidence of God! If you have an impressive story of deliverance tell it. Don't underestimate the testimony of a godly life.

There are Rahabs out there in the world watching and discerning. We should watch for them also so that we can tell them the wonder of the God who delivered us and goes before us through life. The Spirit of God goes before us, preparing hearts to be receptive. Rahab became a part of the lineage of Jesus. You never know how your testimony will affect lives. The ramifications are usually much wider than we can imagine.

Prayer: Lord, help the testimony of my life lead people to You.

April 18

Mark 12:42-44 (NIV) 42But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. 43Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything–all she had to live on."

Jesus was watching the offerings. That is an interesting thought. You do realize that He watches them today, don't you? He was not looking at percentages, but at the willingness of the giver and the sacrifice that was made. Our world tends to make a big fuss over large donations. We make oversize checks and display them while giving a great banquet to celebrate the occasion. We think of all that can be accomplished through that large gift.

Jesus has another perspective, as usual. It is His Father's eternal perspective. That huge donation that would by a new building wing is a very temporal thing in light of eternity. The widow's heart, however, showed a love for God, a faith in His provision, which pleased the heart of the Father. It gains heaven's interest rate! Which gift means more? Jesus said that her gift was more than ALL the others!

You may only have a little to give. That might embarrass you, but remember that it is not the size of the gift. It is about the size of the heart of the giver. No matter how poor you are, you can give more than the entire congregation! Is God pleased with the size of your heart? It is reflected in the proportion of your giving. This is not written to increase the size of church coffers, but encourage you to allow the Spirit to increase the size of your heart.

Consider: The need that presents itself to you today may be the providence of God to allow you to invest in eternity and earn heaven's interest rate.