Depth over Distance
By Josh Rasmussen
New International Version (NIV)
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.”
We may build an empire, financial or spiritual, and out of its wealth rejoice at the distance covered, its reach. We may temper our service to God and neighbor as to not burn out, sustain, to go the distance. We may travel to the ends of the earth in His name, and after all these things still not know Him. Still not understand the depths of His sacrifice. To know the fellowship of His sufferings, to lose our lives, to be poured out like a drink offering, to cast our entire self onto His alter. Out of our poverty of spirit, have we given all? Out of our poverty of wealth, have we given all? Out of our poverty of time, have we given all? Out of our poverty of energy, have we given all? Out of our poverty of relationships, have we given all? When all resources have been exhausted, have we given all?
If we are honest, we tend to give to a point. We calculate time, distance, effectiveness, and often give from our excesses. Yes, occasionally we dig into our resources for something big, something really effective, a great cause, something that will go the distance. Has the Lord ever challenged you to be like the poor widow? To empty the depths of whom you are, and what you have? To make every commitment and decision for the Lord as if it was your last? Can you wager your entire future well-being on Christ? Can we answer that call?
Living Bible (TLB)
10 Now I have given up everything else—I have found it to be the only way to really know Christ and to experience the mighty power that brought him back to life again, and to find out what it means to suffer and to die with him.
Depth over Distance.