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. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They gave out of all their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:41-43)
This is a very familiar passage. Let us turn our attention to what Jesus says to his disciples. Jesus says, ‘…but, she gave out of her poverty, put in everything- all she had to live on.’ This widow was willing to give everything she had, her life’s sustenance itself was at stake but she knew who her God was and ‘what giving to Him’ really meant. So from her heart she gave and it was commended by the Lord.
We all give, but what is the motivation of our giving- be it our time, skills, talent, money, resources etc. Is it because we have to give the tithe that we do so, or is it because we love the Lord with all our heart, mind soul and strength? When we recognize a genuine need, how do we respond? Is it an immediate response knowing that you can make a difference by contributing or is it slack by saying that I am not gifted, or I don’t have enough resources?
There is the need for graduates to encourage, motivate and mentor students, Are you willing to be there for them? Let us give what we have received. Jesus never asked us to give what we do not have.
Our ministry has grown out of the sacrificial and whole-hearted giving of our people in the past. In the letter to the Corinthians Paul says, ‘God loves a cheerful giver.’ (II Corinthians 10:7)
May the Lord raise up for Himself a group of people, who sow generously to reap generously.
The Ayodhya verdict day was peaceful. Let us praise and thank God for the peace we enjoyed. Let us also pray and participate in the local body elections of our state. As a ministry that focuses on the university students it is our prime responsibility to encourage the believing community to participate in the same.
UESI-Kerala Church Relation Cell is planning to set apart 21st, November, Sunday as “Campus Sunday”. The details will be sent to the Local EUs and EGFs soon.
UESI Kerala Literature Department is planning to set apart the month of November as literature month. The local EU and EGF plan activities accordingly. Also our Ladies Department is planning a state women’s camp at our centre from November 4th to 6th. Let us uphold them in our prayers and support them in every possible way.
George K. Mathew