BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
Reference: (Luke 21:1-4)
One of the major traditions of Judaism was taking care of the widows and the fatherless, those who had no one to meet their needs. Therefore, they required community assistance.
The widows and fatherless were considered poor and needy. They were expected to be receivers instead of givers. Nevertheless, Jesus Christ called attention to a widow who gave all that she had. While others gave out of their abundance, she gave out of her need. She gave all that she had, which was two mites. Each mite was worth about one-fifth of a penny and equivalent to about six minutes of work in the Roman system.
Giving is normally done out of our overflow. We use what we have in the cup for ourselves and from the saucer we give to others. However, sometimes we demonstrate great faith by giving all that we have. We know that what we have is not enough to meet our needs so we sow a seed in order to reap a greater harvest.
The widow was not giving out of duty or obligation. Instead, she demonstrated financial fitness by giving from a place of pure faith and dedication to God as her Source for abundance. When we give from the abundance of our hearts, we always experience a harvest of blessings. When we give from the overflow of love, we always experience increase, abundance, overflow and more than enough. Jesus gave his all when he gave his life, now it’s our turn to give our all.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.