Can you do anything, sacrificing everything, just for Love? Do you want to have a pure relationship with God? Read on Mark 12:41-44
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 few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
From this story, we saw that the widow put in two coins, which was her everything, into the temple treasury. Jesus said that she did this “out of poverty”, or a hope that such an act would give her life above the poverty line. Regardless of other motives of her, she had already shown us what is true love. The love that is unconditional, not thinking of personal interests, and a sacrificial love that can only be made probably once in a lifetime. By saying this is once in a lifetime, I mean when you have accumulated a certain amount of money and wealth, are you willing to give them all away, as a demonstration of your love to God? I mean, are you prepared to risk your comfort zone, your worldly status, and power, and give everything of yours away for God, just to show Him how you love Him, and how you do it in one go?
Today was a normal working day, in which I was relatively busy in the morning. I ate some noodles for lunch and then slept for a while in office. Then in the afternoon while I was working, I started to think of one of my friends, an elder of a Christian Church who had been studying Bible with me once a week. He had an eventful life: He once was an entrepreneur and had studied a Theology degree. He just told me last week that He had a new job, and only 2 days ago I knew that his new job was a security guard working from 8am to 8pm. I then had this thought, am I willing to forego my comfort zone, my current job as an Accountant Assistant, to follow Jesus to do God’s will? Please read Matthew 8:18-20
When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
By following Jesus, we can expect to be homeless, even Jesus as the Son of Man had no place to lay his head. And when Jesus chose His 12 apostles, He sent them out and told them to take with them only the basic things, and not to be tempted by making money from performing miracles or healing. And He again warned them that they may need to walk the cross, following the example of Jesus, and had to suffer and be persecuted for God’s sake. So it is a difficult life if we follow Jesus and went through the narrow road. I could not be an apostle and work for God spreading the Bible, but how can I love God? And in what way? Please read Matthew 22:37
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”
Going back to my afternoon today, after having read the above Scriptures, I then had a thought hanging on my mind, “Now is the time to give everything to God, now is the perfect time for me to forgo my job and probably lose everything I may have, just to show God that I love Him so much.” I wasn’t thinking about what rewards I will have in the Kingdom of God, I wasn’t thinking about whether I will have provisions or savings for my future life, I wasn’t thinking about whether I will have to continue my life as a poor man, the only thing I am thinking is: “Now is the right time, and once in a lifetime opportunity to show God that I can sacrifice everything, for LOVE“. This particular instinct of mine had given me the perfect timing, and I knew that if I didn’t do it today, I may have lost such opportunity and may never come up again. I then made the DECISION, which will give myself a lifetime of pride and happiness, after only one minute’s thought. And for the next 30 minutes, I was thinking the same thing and I told myself, that’s it, I am not going to change my mind again. I am going to do it. I am willing to do it if it means giving everything away.
The proudest thing of my life is this, today. I did not think for myself, I wasn’t thinking about worldly possessions and wealth, all I am thinking is the “Love”, the Pure love that I have with God, without considering anything, or everything that might affect myself. And I made a “Pure” decision, and one in which I will never regret, and act as an anniversary celebratory moment, privately between me and God, on this day: 10.5.2018. My “Time” is today. When’s yours?