A Duke Jeyaraj devotion on an event that took place on the Wednesday of the Passion Week
On the Wednesday of the Passion week, Jesus appreciated the widow who put in two coins into the temple treasury (Mk 12:41-44). This widow serves as a window for me to learn about the discipline of giving from the Bible. From this poor widow story we can learn the following rich lessons on giving:
1) NO ONE IS EXEMPT FROM THE CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINE OF GIVING – This was a poor widow who gave. She could have thought to herself: “I am a widow. The church is supposed to take care of me. Why should I give?” But she did not do that. She gave.
No one is exempt from giving. Even those in the fulltime ministry must give unto the Lord. The Levites had to give ‘a tithe of the tithe’, the Bible teaches (Num 18:26). Though, Evan and I, are in the fulltime ministry and live by faith, we give to our local church and the denomination it is associated with. We give to bless the ministries of other servants of God – those not related to us in any way. And we do that, by God’s grace, regularly. You may not have a job, but you need to still give to God. You may just have a small salary, but you still need to give towards the Lord’s work. You may be sinking because of a loan, but you need to still give to the Lord.
2) WHAT MATTERS IS NOT HOW YOU GIVE, BUT WHAT IS LEFT BEHIND – Your monthly salary may be 100,000. And you may feel greatly elated about giving 1000 to the Lord’s Work. But the Lord is more impressed with the person who gives 1000 even when that person only earns 5000 a month. “Give God what is right – not from what is left behind” – someone rightly said. Jesus said this about the widow under observation in this article: “All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on!” (Lk 21:4). What would be Jesus’ comment upon our giving disciplines? It is time for some serious introspection.
3) THERE IS NO PROMISE OF A REWARD, ALWAYS, WHEN WE GIVE TO GOD. Jesus, did NOT talk about a reward for this giving widow in this passage. To give to God is such a joy – and we don’t need to be coaxed to do that with a promise of a reward. Elsewhere, Jesus said, And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward (Matt. 10:42).
I recall that I gave just Rs.100 for my local church’s youth project and immediately God blessed me back with 100 times that amount! But I don’t give to multiply my wealth. I give because I am grateful to God. No matter how much I give, it is never more than what I have graciously received from him.
(Duke Jeyaraj, the author of this article, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, a ministry to presentday people supported by those blessed by his messages and writings. Find out more by visiting www.dukev.org or liking www.facebook.com/dukebook. You may choose to like Duke’s videos at http://www.youtube.com/c/visitduke).