Time to Give
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on. —Mark 12:43-44
I have a reoccurring dream. In it, I walk down the street with a full heart and overflowing pockets. As I pass by others who are hurting, I reach from my surplus and provide exactly what they lack. I’ve waited for a day when my wallet is full enough and my time is free enough to be a life changer for Christ. Like a daytime talk show host, I have wanted look at a room of desperate faces and tell them that, because of God’s blessing, I can fulfill every need.
But, as I wait for the windfall, I still walk past those faces. I miss opportunities because I’m waiting for wealth in time, money, and energy. But God’s service doesn’t require us to be rich in earthy measures. The woman at the temple was in need of provision, but she longed to give in spite of it. On the surface, her coins were few, but, to God, she gave the most. Our calling isn’t to wait until our resources are flooding in to rain blessings on others. Our calling is to give even when there’s little left in our pockets.
Life can leave us feeling like we have little to offer. Even if we have money to spend, we find ourselves poor in time and passion. But it is in those times that the little we give becomes the most. The world can’t wait for our riches to come. There is work to be done now, and our small offering of service out of the depth of our need is exactly what is required.
As we cling to the final drops of energy and the last few coins, develop in us a courage that looks past our own need. Help us to stand on faith and the knowledge that our giving has a purpose. Thank you for allowing us to be ministers to Your people even when our giving seems small. Amen.
If your resources were unlimited, what would you do for those in need? How can you start meeting those needs now (volunteering, donating, ministering)?
Can you recall times when others have blessed you the most through simple means or during their own time of need?
Kendra is a wife, mother of one, and a reader of any book placed in her hands. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, she never thought she would follow that path. Twenty years and one Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies later, she’s accepted and embraced that God has bigger and better plans. As Kendra transitioned from full-time career to stay-at-home mom, God rekindled a love of writing that has renewed a drive and purpose for which she was desperately searching. In her writings, she hopes to encourage all of those who feel like they have no idea what they are doing.