The story of the Widows Mite says a lot about the state of our hearts. It’s about so much more than just tithing. It’s about truly trusting God with everything we have and all that we are. When we give to God, whether it be our talent, our time or our finances are we giving sacrificially or are we giving out of our abundance?
“He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. He also saw a poor widow putting in two mites, and He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For all these out of their abundance have put in their gifts for God. But she out of her poverty has put in all the living she had.'” Luke 21:1MEV
The rich people didn’t have anything to lose my putting their gifts into the treasury, while the widow gave all she had to live on. The rich were going through the motions. I believe for them it was all about looking important. However, the widow gave sacrificially. By giving all she had to God, she had to know that if God didn’t provide for her she wouldn’t be eating.
How many of us are willing to trust God that much? To trust that if we give like that widow gave, that God would honor that and provide for our every need?
God is totally worthy of our trust. He will do what he said he will do. Anything you give to God, he will multiply and bring back to you.
Malachi 3:10MEV, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test Me now in this, says the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing, that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
It is impossible to out give God. He looks to your heart, not your pocketbook or outward appearances. He even says in Malachi 3:10 above to “test him in this”. How often do we rely on ourselves or our own wisdom to provide for our needs instead of trusting God to provide? How many of us even ask God to provide for our financial needs or any other need we may have? How many of us are willing to sacrifice that new pair of shoes or our daily Latte in order to give to God?
I’m not just talking about trusting him with our finances, but with all that we are. He created us after all so who knows us better than him? Who loves us more than him who died on the cross for us? How many of us are willing to give sacrificially to God instead of just going through the motions on Sunday at church? How many of us are willing to step outside of our comfort zones and say “Yes, Lord. Send me.” or “Yes, Lord. It doesn’t make sense to me but I will do as you ask, trusting that you know best.”
I know that I don’t always understand what God wants me to do, but He always finds a way to make it clear to me that it is Him guiding me. The more I step out in faith, the more I see God work and the deeper my faith becomes. I don’t want to settle for just a little piece of God when He is willing to give me all of Himself. I’m no longer afraid to trust him with my future or my dreams or my pain. How many of us never ask God for our dreams because we’re afraid he’ll say no?
“‘For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11MEV
You can trust your dreams, your money, your pain, your future and everything else to him because he wants to “give you a future and a hope.” If he says “no” to something you can trust that he can see something that you can’t. You can also trust that if he says “no”, he has something even better than you can ever imagine for you.
In the story of the Widows Mite, she trusted God with everything she had. She took a huge step of faith. Isn’t it time for us to start taking some steps of faith as well? If we trust God with all we have, He will surely bring back a blessing that we could never imagine? If we all trusted God and stepped out in faith like He asks us to do, how different would our lives and the lives of those around us look? Maybe, just maybe, we could be a light to those around us.