Week 29: All We Have To Give

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.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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