Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!”
Luke 21:2-4 (MSG)
A sobbing little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it “was too crowded.” she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by. Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the pastor took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday School class.
Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings and the parents called for the kind hearted pastor. As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled purse was found which had 57 cents and a note scribbled in childish handwriting which read, “This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday school”. For two years she had saved for this offering of love. Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion. A newspaper learned of the story and published it.
It was read by a Realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands. When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered it for 57 cents. Church members made large donations. Checks came from far and wide. Within five years the little girl’s gift had increased to $250,000.00 a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends.
Give your best no matter how small or big it looks. Be faithful in doing whatsoever you are required to do whether it seems great or small.
Check your motives whenever you give and make sure to give your best at all times.
God open my eyes to see where I am needed to serve and labor in Your vineyard.
Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:5-15.