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Day 3: A Heart of Sacrificial Giving

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 3, 2011

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Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. – 1 Kings 17:13

When you read the whole story in chapter 17, you find that Elijah’s request goes to a widow and her son on their last scrap of food.  A ravaging famine plagued the land and the lady made a pact to eat this last meal with her son and then sit down to die.  When the prophet tells her this, she follows his direction and God blesses her with oil and flour that never ran out until the day the rains came.

One way to look at this passage tells a story of “obedience”, for when she obeys Elijah, God rewards her obedience.

Another way to look at it reveals a test of her “faith”.  Can she believe the man of God?

However, I think that it reveals a heart of “giving”.  Yes, the other elements exist in this woman’s response, but her ability to let go of all she has to bless another person that simply asked, “Do you have anything to eat and drink?” shows me a person with a sacrificial-giving heart.

Jesus illustrated the same point in a story of another widow arriving at the temple one day where she placed two small copper coins in the collection box.  Jesus reveals to the listener that the coins were the last in her account (Mark 12:42). We don’t know what happed to the window in Jesus’ story, but we see her testimony in Luke and Mark and the message enlightened the hearts of millions of believers through preaching and teaching throughout the centuries.  Her simple act teaches even today that God recognizes sacrificial giving.


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