Have you ever given out of poverty? I have.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:43-44)
Will you allow me to be honest without judgment? (I hope so.) In truth, I prefer to give out of wealth. I continuously pray that God’s allowance for me includes me giving out of wealth. I believe His manifestations for my life consist of me being wealthy, healthy, and wise. There was a time, however, when I was not as bold about the wealthy part. I have evolved.
In hindsight, I am able to appreciate the experience of giving out of poverty. I am not only talking financially. I am reflecting on times of being exhausted time-wise, talent-wise, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I was so fatigued, so poor, yet I gave until I could not give anymore. Well, actually I had a little more to give, but it was miniscule. Right there, nevertheless, in that place of having a feeling like I had no more to give was where I turned my attention to the Lord and gave to Him out of my poverty. Have you ever been at that place? If so, then you know this place can be hard, especially at first. Yet, there I was with my Bible, my listening ears, and hope. (Thank God for hope!)
As I deepened my relationship with God, the act of dropping money in a church’s collection plate and feeling satisfied had taken a deeper meaning. My acts of giving, in any way, had become sacrificial. At first, I was weary. I was agitated. Later I understood, I was being cleansed. I was being prepared to give out of wealth in accordance to God’s vision for my life. (What a lesson!)
You know, one of the things that I enjoy is learning of people’s success stories, particularly the parts of how they have overcome obstacles. Their seasons of poverty are inspirational. Share your triumphs. Remind someone of THIS: Sacrificial giving today births faith-founded manifestations tomorrow. God’s eyes are supernatural, as are His scales.