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The Widow’s Mite – A Challenge to All of Us

I don’t know about you, but I found our Wednesday lesson re: the destitute widow and her response of sacrifice especially convicting. It is obvious she went “all in” for the All in All. She held nothing back. While others gave from their surplus, she sacrificed.

And that’s what it comes down to. Let’s lay the cards on the table. It comes down to this: surplus or sacrifice. You will give from one or the other.

The warning of scripture is clear. “It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven” Matt.19:23). It is hard but not impossible. Jesus followed up that declaration with this one: “…but with God all things are possible” (v.26b). He then found a rich man (Zaccheus) who was willing to sacrifice for the Cause. The impossible became possible.

We raised the question Wednesday night: “Does God expect me to give up my house, sell my car, and liquidate my assets?” Yes—if they come between you and Him (aka rich young ruler).

If your stuff is more important than your Savior, you have a problem. Seriously, He demands #1. And He knows. He knows if you are all in or if you are holding back. He knows if you give out of your surplus or if you sacrifice. He knows all.

Who Are the Rich?

You tell me.

Let’s say 100 people represent the world’s population. If so, 53 of those people live on less than $2 per day.  Are you kidding me? No. And if you make $4000 per month, you are one hundred times wealthier than the average person on the planet. All of which asks… Which is more convoluted—that we have so much more than everyone else or that we don’t think we are rich?

“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God… Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share…” (1 Tim.6:17-18).  Jesus loves us enough to tell us the truth.

Brethren, this should serve as a WAKE-UP CALL to all of us. It’s easy to gloss over scenes like the rich young ruler or the poor widow, but we do so to our own peril. Let us examine our lives and ask one simple question:

                       Am I giving from sacrifice or from surplus?    -w