Does money interest you? If you were breathing then I would suppose that the answer to that question would be yes. Do you have enough? Do you want more? We all can guess at what the answers to those questions would be. But considering that we are among the richest people of the world, why is it that we never seem to have enough? In other words, why is it that although we are rich, we don’t feel rich? In fact many have never felt rich in their entire life. Why? The answer to that is a simple thing called “margin”.
Margin has to do with our debt to income ratio. It’s the difference between what I earn and what I save. If I put money away, as in a savings account, I start to accumulate a reserve. As the margin continues to grow between what I spend and what I save, I start to feel rich because what I have saved creates buying power. If I spend all that I earn, I will feel like I’m living paycheck to paycheck and that’s true for the person making $30,000 a year or the person earning $300,000 a year. So now the question is what percentage of your income do you need to live on?
In Mark 12:41- 44 Jesus calls his disciples together to observe with him the people who were putting money in the Tabernacle offering box. Some were placing large sums of money in when a lowly widow comes along and places two small coins. Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.” (Mark 12:43-44). The point here is that when it comes to percentages, the widow gave it all while the rich only gave a small percentage of what they had. I wonder which felt rich, the rich that had the money but kept most of it for them self, or the widow who gave it all away? Quite simply, the widow’s hope was in God, that’s why she could give it all away. The rich, their hope had migrated from God to their money. What does that say about us? Think about it.