Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Giving of One's Need
Many will remember the story of the widow's mite, a church donation by a poor widow which impressed Jesus more than all the rest. He said that others had given of their plenty, while she had given of her penury, of her need.
It may be said that this principle is far reaching. Want a friend? Be friendly. Want fair treatment? Make sure that you are always equitable. Want reconciliation? Be kind and considerate to those who persecute you. Doing all, of course, in honesty of heart.
Reading through Matthew, I have been struck by another example (chapter 11). Jesus has just commissioned his disciples to go out in the 10th chapter. They are to preach, heal and deliver. They are to go trusting that their needs will be met along the way. They are to distribute their "peace" to those who will receive. They are to expect adversity as they have seen their Master encounter it.
Then we read the following:
1. And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
It may be that you are too close to certain family members or friends to be able to usher them into the Kingdom. But you must find ways to be about the Master's work. He is able to take care of your loved ones.
I am reminded of an episode in the life of the Welshman Rees Howells. He and his wife felt a strong pull into missionary work in Africa. But what about their young children? The pressure would not let up. Arrangements were made for foster care. Tearful good-byes were said. As I read of this, I thought that it was a demand which I could never answer. But they had. In coming years in the mid twentieth century they would see glorious results in Africa and children well-raised, without bitterness and entering into ministry themselves.
Remember when the compulsion is felt to act, realize that you will be "giving of your need".