Recent events have brought the concept of a “stimulus package” to the forefront of our news. A basic definition of a stimulus package is a package of economic measures a government invokes to stimulate a floundering economy. The objective of a stimulus package is to reinvigorate the economy and prevent or reverse a recession by boosting employment and spending. It is open to discussion whether or not the current economic stimulus packages accomplish their intended purpose. However, there are situations where some types of stimuli can evoke the intended response.
The Biblical accounts found in Mark 12:41–44 and Luke 21:1–4 serve as an example of a spiritual stimulus. Jesus called His disciples’ attention to a certain poor widow who had cast two small coins into an offering box in the Temple. These ‘mites’ were the smallest and least valuable coins in circulation in Judea. Although the mites seemed to be of little value, scripture tells us something different. “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” (Mark 14:43-44, NIV).
What a powerful lesson! The example of the widow’s mites has stimulated me and countless others across time to give into the Lord’s treasury out of the resources we have available. Motivated by the possibility that we can “put more in the treasury” than the rich should inspire us to give generously, to give sacrificially. Think of it – in the eyes of the Lord, you can out give Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg at the Lord’s offering box.
The miracle of feeding five thousand men, plus women and children, with five loaves and two fish reveals the Lord’s power to multiply what is placed in His hands. We can trust the One who gave His all, even His very life to rescue us the bondage of sin.
Prayer: Lord, may the truth of Your Word stimulate us to place our resources at Your disposal. Kindle in us desire to commit our lives and all we possess to you.
~ Brother Roy