By Tom D Blakely
Mission work is starving, daily getting worse,
Due to folded wallets, or a tight lipped purse.
But is it the container, mentioned as above,
Or is it the possessor, lacking in God’s love?
There’s no point in appealing to hearts that have gone cold,
Nor using the latest sales pitch; never known of old.
Some say, ‘Pulling the heart strings, loosens the purse strings too.’
Still; that is the way of man, not as God would have us do.
Giving eases conscience, many missions know,
But this leaves us self content, and it’s often done for show.
To give is better than receive, many know this word,
Their treasure is in Christ alone, they give as if to God.
The widow’s ‘mite’ was well received, when offered from her heart,
Though richer people give much more, they only give a part.
So let’s not give for outward show, to get ourselves a name.
In fact. . .
Should emphasis be on what we give, or that which we retain?
‘Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.’
[Mark 12: 43-44]