Give what little you’ve got
Mar 12:41 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much.
Mar 12:42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.
Mar 12:43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;
Mar 12:44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”
This incident is about more than money, it’s about the heart, about faith, about trust, about love to God.
There are people that hold back in offering themselves to the Lord, they feel they have very little of worth to give to the Lord. They see people, multi gifted, and God using them and they hold back thinking…..what do I have to give, what is my little when others have so much to give.
Please note that Jesus saw HOW they put in what they had. That means He understood not the amount but the extent of the sacrifice, and faith the person had that was offering.
Just like the Lord sees, the faith, the attitude, the HOW when people put money in the offering, He watches and sees HOW we offer ourselves to Him.
I’ve heard some great worship music.
Watched a woman in a church in Maryland who could have given Whitney Houston singing lessons. She was obviously talented by the Lord and much of her singing was from a natural gift given to her.
On the other hand I heard a woman sing at a different time. I knew her well, she had a strong faith, a sweet spirit and was deeply committed to Christ in all she did. Her singing voice was not the best. She was nervous realizing her lack of natural ability, yet when she sang you could feel the presence of the Lord because of the sacrifice and cost of her faith in the whole of her life, not just the offering of one song. In other words you saw HOW she was giving her offering, it was not just a song it was part of her whole life.
What you have is of great value to the Lord. Every act of faith or sacrifice of obedience He watches, He knows all that is behind it. When you give Him an offering of money, time, teaching, serving……He sees everything behind that and knows all of the time effort, love and faith behind it……it is that which gives it its greater value!
Today as Paul said……”I urge you by the mercies of God present yourselves a living sacrifice” Your little may be greater than someone else’s much in the sight of the Lord.