The Widow's Mite | CCP Building Campaign Update
One day Jesus was sitting near the temple treasury. He watched many worshippers put money into the offering box. Many of his wealthy countrymen were coming and going, giving large sums of money. But amidst all the hustle and bustle, a poor widow unassumingly made her way to the offering box. She was not dressed in fine linens, like so many others. She was of humble means. However, what she had, she gave to the Lord— “two small copper coins, which makes a penny.” Jesus turned to his disciples and said:
Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on. (Mk. 12:43-44)
Our Lord is not making a point about what is required, but about what is possible; that is, what is possible when believers live by faith. We demonstrate trust in God by faithfully stewarding our God-given wealth, especially when we are openhanded, generous, and sacrificial with it. Knowing that money can be a “snare” and “plunge people into ruin and destruction”, Paul exhorted Timothy (and all ministers) to charge “the rich in this present age” to “not be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” Rather than having one’s heart set on the passing treasures of this world, “they [we!] are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” (I Tim. 6:9, 17-19)
Every member (and perhaps friend) of Christ Church has an extraordinary opportunity to live by faith as it relates to our present building campaign. We all have an opportunity to give sacrificially, to give until it truly hurts, for the sake of the health and extension of God’s kingdom in Charleston and “to the ends of the earth.” It’s time to trust God with our future, even as did the poor widow, for the sake of the gospel.
Dear brothers and sisters, this building campaign is about much more than comfortable seating and clean nurseries. It’s about a home-base for God-centered worship, serious discipleship, and Reformed ministry that will deepen our in-reach and expand our outreach. Some of you may have the capability of stroking a check for half or all the amount ($3.143 million), and it wouldn’t significantly change your current lifestyle or plans for the future. And even if it did, and like the poor widow you made true sacrifices, I am confident that you can’t out-give God. We discussed in men’s Bible study this morning that no earthly riches, possessions, pleasures, or comforts will every truly satisfy. Contentment only comes when we live by faith— offering ourselves (i.e. time, treasures, talents) as living sacrifices to the glory and praise of our blessed triune God.
Let me encourage you to pray hard that our heavenly Father would give us this facility. And let’s give generously and sacrificially with a heart full of faith. I’m confident that if we all participate (giving sacrificially, as we are able), and if those who have abundant means give liberally (and sacrificially), we will have a new church home in 2019. The final date to receive pledge cards is Lord’s Day, May 12th. However, you are welcome to turn them in to the offering plate or mail them to Christ Church Presbyterian, 104 Broad St., Charleston, SC 29401 at any time. How will you get us closer to our goal? What has God given to you that you can now, full of faith, give back to him?
What will you pledge?
Your Pastor, Servant, and Friend,