Risky Business

from Lynda Lindsey

And He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. Mark 12:41-42

And He called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Mark 12:43-44

And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  Phil. 4:19

Jesus, watching people give their gifts and offerings, turned the occasion into a teaching moment for His disciples. The rich put in large sums out of their abundance, but Jesus lauded the poor widow who, in her poverty, put in everything she had. Proportionally, the rich, even by donating large sums, still gave only a small part of their great wealth. There was no risk involved; if God didn’t take care of them, they still had great financial resources from which to draw. The poor widow, however, faced great risk. Either God took care of her or she would die. 

Being totally sold out to God is risky business. Believers are called to live by faith, and  while it is risky, it also turns our walk with God into an adventure! Anybody can drop a few dollars in the collection plate; but giving a tithe, or more than a tithe? Risky, indeed! Personally investing in people’s lives, giving our time and energies? Risky again. Yet God’s accounting system measures not the size or amount of the gift, but the giver’s heart of faith. Devotion to God is costly, yet generosity towards God yields opportunities to experience God’s generous grace to us. 

God will supply our every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. His riches are infinite, so we need not worry nor anxiously wring our hands. God supplied the lamb for the burnt offering, sparing Isaac’s life. God supplied the Lamb of God for our sin offering, sparing us death. No good thing does God withhold from us. Our greatest need? A Savior. Take the risk. Accept God’s provision in Christ. Love and obey God wholeheartedly. Be totally sold out to Him. Serve others. Seek first God’s kingdom, God’s righteousness, and see Him add everything you need. Live the adventure; see what God will do!