Week 29: All We Have To Give
Today’s Text: Luke 21-22
Key Text: Luke 21:1-4
“And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God, but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.”
You probably know the story.
It’s the one about the “widow’s mite” – about a poor widow who gave all she had to give into the temple offering, while others showed off by dipping down a little into their vast resources with their offerings.
Most of us leave it at that – a story about money – and faith.
Yet when I look at it, I think about more than just material wealth. It leads me to ask of myself:
Have I really given all I have to give, not just materially, but physically, mentally, emotionally?
Do I hold the best back, instead of putting it all out there for God to multiply, and trust that God will replenish me as needed?
Do I realize the great value of those “non-material” offerings I can make – a listening ear, a forgiving attitude, a loving heart?
These are all we have to give. Living a generous life in the living out of our faith can and should go so much deeper than what we put in the “offering” plate.
It doesn’t excuse us from giving actual money. The real world finds cold, hard, cash pretty useful. So does the Church.
But it does challenge us to be creative with our giving – at least as creative and faithful as that one poor widow was a long time ago.
What do you have to give for the work of the kingdom besides your money?
You might be surprised just how valuable, and needed, it is.