If you’ve ever played basketball, you know how tense the last moments of a game can be. Your team needs one more point to win, there are two seconds left on the clock—and you’re holding the ball. What should you do?
If you’re in that position, there are a couple of things you might do. You might hold on to the ball so that it stays in your hands while the clock runs out. Or you could shoot the ball to the basket; the ball may not make it in the basket, but it could go in and score your team the winning point.
In life, we’ve all been given a clock that is running out. We all only have one life to live on Earth before eternity. And during our time here, we have the choice to either hold onto the ball, or shoot it to try and get a point. Instead of holding onto the ball, take advantage of the opportunities that are before you in life to try and score. Focus less on the clock, and more on the opportunity.
Mark 12:41-44—Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.
Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”
This widow was all in. She threw the ball. Even though she only had a tiny, tiny portion, she invested all that she had. Jesus cared more that her heart was in the right place than about the physical amount of money she had given. He knew this widow wasn’t about to open a church for thousands of people with just her two coins. But that was fine with Jesus, because He knew that her heart was completely invested in the Kingdom, and that she was taking full advantage of the opportunities and abilities she had been given.
Look at your own life for a moment. What is in your hands? What opportunities, gifts, talents, and abilities has God given you to use to grow His Kingdom? Are you doing what you can with what you have? It can be easy to say you’ll give more for the Kingdom when you get a better job, or when the kids get older, or when your business takes off, or when you finish school. But for all of us, the time is now—if you won’t invest with the small things God has already placed in your hands, you won’t be entrusted with even greater things.