What is the Widow's Challenge?


For me, the "Widow's Challenge" is a very special section of my site.  Inspired by the story of the Widow's Offering in the Gospel of Mark, this section is a challenge to put others above myself, and to trust God for provision.

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 fraction of a penny. 
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, 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 12:41-43

She put in everything. What telling words of the condition of this widow's soul, and her faith! I certainly do not have the topic of living generously all figured out, but God has sparked in me an excitement over the miraculous act of giving. Like prayer, this act is intercepted and magnified by the God of the universe. We cannot understand how, but God uniquely works in the generous lives of His children to bless the world in need. I pray that my heart will always treasure Him more than any subservient possession, and in doing so, His generous life will flow through me. I pray that I will put in everything.

So in honor of the widow's testimony, the "Widow's Challenge" is a monthly challenge for us to go beyond frugal living, and to lay aside small, simple luxuries in order to purposely give more. Will you join me in the challenge? Each month's challenge will be unique and optional. You may also adapt it to your lifestyle and budget. I will also feature shorter giving challenges from time-to-time. The main purpose is to keep our hearts focused on giving, to everyone, and especially to the family of believers (Galatians 6:10). Therefore, we will live a life of generosity in both earthly and spiritual riches, and by God's grace, further the Kingdom of God.

In the Gospels, we see a new principle; what you give will be given back to you, and in abundance. The supernatural act of giving offers a clear picture of the soul's condition. I deeply believe that the simple, generous life will bless us, as we bless others. We must trust that what we give away will be replaced by joy. We must ask God for help and wisdom. Then, we watch. Watch as God gives us the faith of an empty hand. Watch as the things others around us chase after and deeply treasure slowly become trivial and foolish. Watch as God provides for us in amazing ways.

Is this your first time participating in a Widow's Challenge? Start with the life-changing book, Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan (it's free)!