And he called his disciples to him and said to them, "Truly, I say to
you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are
contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of
their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she
had, all she had to live on." ESV
I just finished a two part message called "Small is the New Big." The take away from those two messages is "The smallest things can make the biggest difference." I can't move off of this thought just yet. I mean if someone stopped "God-in-an-earth-suit" in his tracks, then it's worth a look, don't you think? The thing that strikes me about this incident is that the poor widow didn't stop him because she healed someone, performed a miracle or quoted the entire Torah... NO! She garnered Jesus' attention simply because she gave everything she had without expecting anything in return... no applause, no "atta-boy", no recognition and no gold star! She just gave "everything she had." Wow.
As I studied this passage to preach these messages I was challenged with this question, "Am I giving sacrificially? Am I giving my all?" I'm not going to answer that directly, but suffice it to say, I don't think I'm getting God's attention with my giving at this point. I tithe and then some, but that's not the point. It's not really a sacrifice. We have adjusted our life style to compensate for our regular giving, but there are times when God says "Give til' it hurts... then give some more." I don't want to just give out of my abundance, I want to give "everything." How about you? Have an amazing day!
Grace and Peace,
Jimmy aka "Pastor J"