“…the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 (NIV)
I will never forget a day as a preschooler when I picked some dandelions and presented them to the most important woman in my life at the time, my mother. She gently took that tiny offering of love and got down her best vase, put in some water, placed the dandelions in it and put it on the dining room table for all to see.
What made those flowers precious to my mother was not any intrinsic worth in them. Really they were just some common weeds. What made those flowers more precious than the most expensive roses possible was who gave them to her and the love in my heart seeking to please her.
It is just so with the Lord. We may fuss over the fact that we have little to give to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God does not calculate the worth of our offering in dollars and cents. He looks beyond the earthly value of what we give to what it cost us to give to Him, the love in our hearts when giving to Him, and the enthusiasm we have to offer our gift.
There is a beautiful story in Luke 21:1-4 (NIV)
“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.
He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.
‘Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others.
All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth;
but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’”
Jesus was more impressed with the smallest gift given to Him that day than the most costly in human terms. Did you ever think that your best—so much less than the wealthy gifts—might mean more to the Lord?
We do not need to have great gifts to offer in His service. All the Lord asks of us is that we take what we do have and present it willingly to Him. Look today at what is in your hand to give the Lord. Make the needed sacrifice and you—like that widow so long ago—will be seen for what you do and your gift will be respected.