God’s Word for Today: Omni
Mark 12:41-44 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Good point Jesus. The poor lady He was talking about gave all she had. This brings us to today’s word, omni. Truthfully and ironically, omni is not actually a word. I had to add it to my “Word” dictionary, so I would quit getting the little red squiggly line underneath every time I wrote omni.
Now, if I wrote it as Omni, as in a name, all was cool. There is a car named Omni, made by Dodge. I never owned one, but I knew someone who did. I borrowed it once in a while. Good little car. One of those cars that doesn’t give you bragging rights, but will always get you and a couple three of your friends or family, to your destination quite economically.
But, to use omni in its original form, we have a Latin prefix meaning “all” or “every”. If you have ever owned, drove, or rode in a Dodge Omni, you would question how they ever named this little tin can with a definition of being “all”. I could understand a Cadillac or Mercedes having the name Omni, as they have all the bells and whistles, and every accessory available. But Dodge Omni?? Oh well, the name just kinda fit that little car.
Omni as a prefix meaning all or every, is huge. It will take a normal word and give it character. As in omnipresent, omnipotent, omniserve, omnipatient, omnikind, and omniforgive. Ok, only the first two are actual words. But, I really like being able to think about serving, patience, kindness, and forgiveness being for all and for everyone.
The Bible verse for today talks about a poor woman who knew the definition of omni. Most would think of her as an idiot. How could someone give their last two cents to a church, instead of using it to buy a slice of bread? What was this woman expecting to gain by giving away all of her money? Shouldn’t she have kept half of the money so she wouldn’t starve to death? Why didn’t she have a CPA giving her financial advice? What was she thinking? Why did she choose to give her omni?
The beauty of today’s verse points out the difference of giving partial because of believed obligation and giving your all, your omni, because that is all you have left. Who do you think received more in return?
Today, know that giving your omni to God is your choice. You don’t have to. You are welcome to hold back and keep ½, ¾, or all of your money. You are welcome to only give God a portion of your life. That is your choice. But, what do you have to loose with giving your all? Put omni together with faith and trust. Add omni to your work. Include omni with helping to others. Simple trade. You give your all, your omni, without expecting anything in return, and you will receive more omni than you could ever imagine……
Prayer: Dear Lord, today I need to realize that you give me your Omni every day. You have never been, not will ever be a part time or partial God. Thank you for always being there when I need you. Forgive me for the many times I haven’t given you my omni. Forgive me for the ignorance of not realizing that I always need you. Today, I ask that you help me give my all to you, so I can receive the omniblessings you have waiting for me. In Jesus’, who gave His omni just for me, name I pray. Amen and amen.