Good News in a Bad News World

Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites…
So He called His disciples to Him and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all” (Mark 12:42-43).


Have you noticed that the world doesn’t measure things from God’s viewpoint? Even as believers, we often fall into the trap of thinking that more is necessarily better, despite the fact that the One we claim to follow said otherwise. As a result, we may become intimidated and fail to give anything at all.

The poor widow in Mark 12 gave such a small amount that it would scarcely be noticeable when the offering was counted. But Jesus noticed…and He counted it as worthy and the widow as faithful.

What else really matters? If we give the best we have to offer, then God counts our gifts as worthy and our hearts as faithful. God is not dependent on our worldly pittance, whether that pittance amounts to a few cents or a few million dollars. What He wants from us is everything — our money, our time, our talents…but most of all, our hearts. When we willingly give all that to Him, He multiplies it for His use and His glory.

What a clear example I came across of that truth as I read from my Compassion magazine this morning! Faithful donors from around the world have now reached the 1 million mark, meaning that 1 million children worldwide are regularly being helped by our offerings. True, 1 million children may represent only a small number of those in need, but it’s a start — an offering from our hearts that God can and does multiply. And what excited me was to read that in the midst of economic troubles, God’s people are remaining faithful in their giving, even exceeding their commitments of former years.

We’ve all heard the saying that “You can’t out-give God.” How true that is, beloved! The return on our offerings is always so much greater than anything we could ever gain by clutching our pitiful possessions to ourselves. God is much more interested in our willingness to give than in our ability to do so. He can as easily use our sacrificial dollar to accomplish great things as the billionaire’s thousand dollars.

And isn’t that good news in a world seemingly flooded with bad news? Perhaps we would be more willing to give ourselves away in God’s service if we would refuse to get caught up in the bad news that will soon pass away and instead rejoice in the Good News that God has everything under control—and He is sending Jesus back for us very, very soon!

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Copyright 2009 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest books are:
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

and


“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”
(New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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