All You Have

“And He said, Truly, I tell you, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all of them.  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”  Luke 21:3-4

Last week during our VBS I experienced what Jesus experienced some 2000 years ago.  It was the last evening of VBS.  Our Preschool director was cleaning up the sanctuary with her two children because we were having closing assemblies in the family life center.  I walked into the sanctuary to just say thank you for all she did.  Little did I know but I was going to hear a story that mirrored part of our More For Christ readings, Lk 21:1-33.

Here is the story.  This Preschool director’s children were preparing themselves to come to VBS and it became apparent that the little boy was seriously considering his offering for the evening.  Our Mission’s offering is designated for FBC of West Liberty Ky.  This church was devastated by a tornado in March of this year.  We are partnering to rebuild this church.  Aston had been deeply considering what he should give.  So in his child-like faith, he chose to not give a little or a lot.  Aston chose to give all he had.  His grandparents had given him money and he was saving for a train.  But God’s work was greater than his work. So to even his grandparents surprise, he gave it all.  Here was his why, “I want other boys and girls to hear about Jesus.”

Brothers and sisters, this is the heart we must evidence as followers of Christ.  I believe this was this poor widow’s heart in Luke 21.  Others were giving out of abundance, but she gave all.  They were in the category of offerings, but she was in the category of sacrifice.

This very day, I am challenged to move beyond offerings to sacrifice.  Maybe you ask, “Why?”  I want to have radical love for Christ.  Oh, how I pray this for your life as well.

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