A little while ago, an old friend of ours was honoured with an MBE for all the work he does for charity. He spent a fortune getting ready for the special occasion at Buckingham Palace: new clothes for himself and his two permitted guests, London hotel accommodation, train fares… On the morning of the ceremony, they arrived at the station bright and early in their best suits , and passed over the train tickets.
“Oh I’m sorry sir, you can’t travel on these today!”
“But you can travel on these.” And the ticket man handed over 3 first class tickets. My friend travelled a lot by train, and was well known by the staff. They had heard of his forthcoming honour, and had clubbed together to buy the special tickets for him, and all waved them off with a fanfare!
The thing is, they wanted to give him the best because they thought he was worth it. And that is how Abraham responded to his three guests in Genesis 18 v 6 – 8. He was practically falling over himself to do the best he possibly could for the Lord, and to give him the very best he had. It was an enormous quantity of fine flour for the bread, then the choicest tender calf, along with some creamy curds (?butter) and milk. Abraham, though a rich man himself did not partake, but simply waited on them, standing under a nearby tree, attendant to their every need.
The story of the widow who was commended by Jesus for putting in two tiny coins (Luke 21 v 1 – 3) tells us that it is not how much we give, but how. It’s all about attitude. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” So our eagerness to give demonstrates how much we love. Giving is easy, whether it’s money, time or effort, if you think the person you are giving to is worth it.
Now there’s a challenge! How much is God worth to me?