Certain stories in the Bible humble me. The story of the widow and her two mites being deposited in the offering is one of them. While the affluent and the better-off gave a portion of what they had, this widow, she gave all.
Examining our lives, can we truly say that we have given God our all? And I am not necessarily talking about money. Our life, in general, is this huge opportunity to do something wonderful with our time on this earth. Every day we have the chance to make something beautiful out of our days – to impact this generation and those around us with the love of God. If we were to take an inventory of her mites and our portions, what would be the sum of what we have offered to our God? As I read the words “she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had” (Luke 21:4), I couldn’t help but to stop and take a closer look at my life.
While the reference is clearly related to money, I still asked myself, what of my living? What am I giving to God?
Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” As recipients of God’s grace, in our “reasonable service”, what are we happily rendering back to God? What is our daily offering we bring to Him?
No, we are not saved by our works, but “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). No, we are not trying to work our way up the ladder of success of heaven, but we are in good company when our focus is on wanting to express our appreciation for all that God has done for us. Even the psalmist once asked, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” (Psalm 116:12).
Like the woman pouring out at the feet of Jesus, when we have received so much, it seems our natural inclination is to want to show much love and appreciation for all the Lord has done for us (Luke 7:47).
So, the psalmist continues: “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people.” (Psalm 116:13-14).
No, and with that, no, I mean, NEVER, can we repay God for this great work of salvation He has done in our lives. But like the widow and the giving of all her two mites, I can show my love and joy to my heavenly Father in the daily offering of my life by how I choose to live and what I choose to give.
So, I ponder, what am I giving?
“I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good.” Psalm 54:6
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