The most watched sport in the United States by far and away is football. Many people live for Sunday to come around, as they get to watch their beloved team perform and hopefully win. But a new alarming statistic as emerged. Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, the total viewership of games is down about 7.5 percent. This is in direct comparison with the first six weeks of the 2016 season. We all know the main issue that is at the crux of this battle, but this is a pretty significant hit in the Nielsen ratings, leading to lower profits for the NFL teams. With a return on interest dropping near double digits, it got me thinking about other things to invest in. I was thinking long and hard, and I came across the passage in Matthew about the widow who gave two mites despite her poverty. Was this a good investment on her part? Let’s look at the passage below and review:
Jesus called his disciples over in the book of Mark chapter 12:41-44
41 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. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
First thing that I notice is that heaven is watching. Jesus is watching and making note of the action, but He is not judging the gift by the amount, but by the motive. It is not wrong to give out of surplus. That is not the point. It is a great thing for the community and for the church when people do this, but Jesus is letting his disciples know that some people may think that what they have to give is this tiny bit, so what is the point? Why bother trying? Will it even make a difference? Jesus is letting us all know with a resounding yes, that it does make a difference. He also lets us know he is well pleased when people give from the heart. Have you ever felt like this widow? Are you holding back because you think that what you have to offer is very little, so what is the point? My friend, Jesus notices this widow’s giving and it did not take a lot to please him. The key element was that it was done with a heart bent toward serving the Lord. Even though she lost her husband, she still made a conscious choice to give to and worship God. We don’t know her name, but her story has now been told for thousands of years, and her reward is eternal. You can’t out give God. He wants your time above everything else. Spend time with him today, and watch a pleased master work and invest in your life and bless you.