The Means Test

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4.

When we were poor and new in the faith, giving was a real test of our faith. We were beginning to practice sowing and reaping as a means to activate God’s favor while I looked for regular work. And it worked! We prospered and maintained the practice for the rest of our lives.

After many years our giving became more of a habit, and it was not so urgent. But after we left everything for the ministry we really missed being able to write big checks! It was very frustrating, but we were learning to depend on God again.

Today we need a lot less money to live and my income is less predictable, so I am learning to be thoughtful about our giving. That means I think like a poor person, which reminds me of poor people. It reminds me that the giving of the poor is also meaningful.

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