When a little is a lot

It’s easy to be impressed when a billionaire builds a hospital or an orphanage.  Sometimes we hear of someone giving millions for cancer research and other great causes. These donations mean a lot and we certainly hope that many more wealthy people are moved to give and give a lot for all these important causes. However the wealthy are giving from the abundance they have. There is nothing wrong with that. There is a greater sacrifice and that is when we give from the little that we have.

Jesus observed 2 individuals giving their gifts into the treasury. A rich man cast his gift and then a poor widow cast two copper coins. It seemed to have been much less than the rich man, but Jesus was impressed with the widow. The widow had little and Jesus explained that she gave all she could. She gave what she had to live on. She gave until it hurt. That is sacrifice. (Luke 21:1-4)

Often when there is a need it is difficult to give. Our world has become more and more materialistic. Unemployment has risen and many of us are concerned with the economy. We often wonder if Social security will be there when we retire and if our pensions will be worth enough to sustain us. All of these forces can drive us to give less and less. However Solomon said in his proverbs  “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17) Paul also quotes Jesus when he says “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) Although times may be difficult forcing us to give less, God is still appreciative of what little we can give and will bless us for it. (Luke 6:38,Proverbs 19:17Hebrews 13:16 )  

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