In our society today, and we could see it in our normal day to day interactions, we tend to value and give more weight to the “bigger” and the “more.”  We define people’s influence with regards to their strength and their purchasing power.  It is interesting how Jesus puts up the widow at the treasury as a model of influence.  Of all the people who passed by and of all the rich ones who paraded their generosity, Jesus only took notice and pointed at the widow who gave almost nothing but her everything.  This widow is a faith-filled widow.  It is easier to give when you know that you have something else left for you to live on. This widow is literally giving from her livelihood—she is giving all she has.  I’m sure there would be apprehensions and worries within her but the point is her trust in God’s providence prevailed.  She trusted that God who “defends the poor and the widow” will provide for me food, clothing and every other need.  In the economy of God’s Kingdom, “less” is more.  We are called to be like the widow—not to give from our excess but to give from our brokenness.  We are called to give out of our poverty.  Do you find it hard to be patient with a particular person at the office?  God is calling you to give out time and spend it with his person.  You could trust him to provide patience and love for this person—the thing that you are lacking.  Do you find it hard to affirm others?  Well, there goes your poverty.  God is asking you to give out of it.  It is not important how much you could muster and how lovingly could you give.  It is important that you give and that you know that it is to God you are giving to.  It is important to know that in your giving there is a trust that God would provide for what you lack.  Give out of your poverty and God will supply you with his riches.

Father, you know the poverty of my heart.  I choose to give to others and to bless them out of this poverty.  I yield it to you and I would step out in faith trusting that you are providing for me.  Amen.

What is your “poverty?”  What ways can you give out of this “poverty?”