As Thanksgiving approaches I find myself reflecting on the many blessings God has given me. A loving wife, my children, a beautiful home, health, the forgiveness of my many sins and so much more. Actually, the list of good gifts that God has given me would stretch onto several pages. When it comes to generosity, no one can out-give God — for His resources are limitless and His love is boundless.
When you think about all that God possesses and realize His power is infinite, it might seem puzzling that God expects us to give back to Him. I mean let’s face it, if I was to draw President Donald Trump’s name in a Christmas gift exchange, just what kind of gift would I give to someone worth 600 billion dollars? “Mr President, I hope you enjoy the coffee travel mug I got you… it’s supposed to keep liquids hot for 5 hours!” Yeah… seems a bit on the lame side for a billionaire. What do I have that God could possibly need or what?
Through the act of a poor widow in Mark 12 we have the opportunity to witness why giving back to God is important to Him. As people entered the Temple to worship, Jesus observed the woman drop two small coins into the offering collection box. Really it was the equivalent of a couple of cents. All around her, much wealthier folks were dropping in larger amounts, but her action drew the attention of The Creator. Then, He issues this startling statement… “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.” Mark 12:43-44
Ok, time for a reality check. God doesn’t need your money any more than Donald Trump needs a coffee mug from me. Giving to God isn’t about benefiting Him… it’s about benefiting us. Don’t worry, I’m not going TV Evangelist and Prosperity Gospel here on you… what I mean is giving to God, if it is done sacrificially, demonstrates our dependance upon Him. It is the action of someone who knows that God is able to sustain us beyond any materialistic or worldly avenue.
So, generosity toward God isn’t about giving Him resources — for His resources are limitless (Psalm 50:10) — it’s about the recognition that He is the supplier of all that we need. A lesson that widow in Jerusalem understood 2000 years ago. God was Jehovah Jireh — The Lord Provides. Call me a dreamer, but something tells me that when you catch the eye of The Creator like she did with her sacrifice that day… she didn’t need to worry about how she was going to pay the bills that week. “Lord, please give me the faith of that widow woman. My hope is in You, not in anything this world offers.”