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Put in Everything

Weekly Devotionals

Put in Everything

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:41-44, NIV)

At the end of 2013, I was down to 130,000 and I knew that I had to tithe 100,000. I struggled in my heart because I knew that if I tithed, I would only have 30,000 left and wondered how I would get through the week. However, God kept on prompting and reminding me of the story of the widow’s offering of two coins. If you read this passage, we note that she “put in everything – all she had to live on.” God convicted my heart, and gave my offering in faith.

While I hadn’t told anyone about my predicament, I made my way with some friends to a small group meeting later that evening. On our way, one of my friends opened up her wallet and handed me 30,000 won. There was no reason for her to give it to me, so when I asked why she simply replied, “just take it.” (I later found out that God had told her to give me the money). Later in the week, I received my pay and realized that my boss overpaid me 50,000 won. When I informed her of this, she simply replied, “I wanted you to have it.” I knew this had to be God because no work place would ever be that generous. God had provided for me in a matter of days. Thankful, I shared what God had done that past week with my small group members. After I shared, without my knowing this prompted my small group to collect money so that they could support and bless me. At our next meeting they presented me with the money they had collected. At the end of the night when I went home and opened the envelope and discovered that a group of 10 people had provided me with a total of 2,500,000 won. Praise God!

You might be wondering why I tell this story, but I share this story because this coming Tuesday I will be walking across a stage to receive my Masters of Divinity degree. I am overwhelmed with nothing but thanksgiving in my heart. I write this with tears in my eyes because the Lord has been so good to me. The testimony of God’s provision mentioned earlier is just one of many over the last three years. It’s been the most amazing and humbling journey of faith.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned these last three years is learning to be poor. As difficult as it has been, it has also been one of the greatest sources of joy and blessing in my life. The Lord has taught me to walk in greater dependence and not rely on my own self sufficiency.

Oswald Chambers from My Outmost For His Highest puts it best like this:

“The underlying foundation of Jesus Christ’s kingdom is poverty, not possessions; not making decisions for Jesus, but having such a sense of absolute futility that we finally admit, “Lord, I cannot even begin to do it.” Then Jesus says, “Blessed are you …” (Matthew 5:11). This is the doorway to the kingdom, and yet it takes us so long to believe that we are actually poor! The knowledge of our own poverty is what brings us to the proper place where Jesus Christ accomplishes His work.”

To prevent misunderstanding based on the story I shared, I do not believe that if you give, you will receive what you gave in multiplied amounts. However, I do believe that God desires that all us learn to be poor. Poverty is not about possessions or a lack thereof, but a disposition of the heart. It’s only in seeing our own deficiency that God unveils our eyes to see His sufficiency.

As the new year approaches, I pray that like the widow who knew this very well, we too could align our hearts to look to the Lord to be our sufficiency so order that He might accomplish His work in us.

Happy New Year Everyone!