Last week we looked at a poor widow in Luke 21 who gave all she had to the Lord. She believed the truth of Malachi 3:10, which says, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
It’s easy in our culture to live with a closed hand – fingers wrapped tightly around all that we have earned and become. But we Christians need to remember that every good and perfect thing is a gift from God. Everything we have and all that we are, it all belongs to God.
Friend, do you consider yourself materially wealthy or scraping by? Do you fancy yourself talented, or would you consider yourself all thumbs? Have you been a straight-laced Christ follower your whole life, or would you say there are some chinks in your armor? God accepts it ALL. He is asking us to give it ALL. The widow’s ALL, two coins worth barely a penny, was far more valuable than the “large sums” of “many rich people.” Because the widow realized it was not about her, and all about God.
Dear Heavenly Father, let us not shy away from giving You our all – our time, talent, and treasure; our warts, fears, faith challenges, etc. No matter how large – or small – we think our contribution is, God, You will do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever think or imagine. We rest in that truth with great excitement as we attend the Very Special Purse Party IV tonight. Lord, we want You to be glorified in all that we say and do, and we know You will do big things! Please take our offerings and use them mightily for the people of Cambodia. To YOU be all glory! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.