I, John, looked and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion,
and with him were one hundred forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; the voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the one hundred forty-four thousand who have been redeemed from the earth; these follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been redeemed from humankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found; they are blameless.
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”
When we read in the Book of Revelation that there is a number of redeemed persons who have the name of the Lord on their foreheads, it is impossible to not want to be a part of that number. We all want to be safely redeemed. We all want to be blameless and be able to sing that new song to God.
When we read the gospel story about the widow with the two small copper coins and know that that is all the money she has to live on, we do not want to be her. It is much more difficult to think that we can be so whole-hearted and confident in trusting God and doing his work to such a degree. It is fine to give generously when we are comfortable enough, but can we give out of our want?
The question is, can giving make us poor? When we give, we are providing for another’s needs. That is something a rich person does. When we give, we continue to trust in God’s riches and fatherhood over us. We claim God as our father, not in words but with all we have.
Being a Christian means accepting a life where we are not in control. We ask God to provide and protect even in uncertainty. We serve and willingly sacrifice for others rather than focus on ourselves. We die to live. We are only saints if we will die to ourselves that God may be seen.
A rich person does not need faith to live. But a poor widow can manifest God. Consider if you have an area of poverty that needs an act of faith to bring new life. Do you have a bad temper, a bad habit or secret fault? Sow an act of patience or self control that only God can see and ask for his riches to increase and multiply in your soul.