For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even her living. Mark 12:44
Before the judgment seat of Christ my service will be judged not by how much I have done but by how much I could have done!
In God’s sight, my giving is measured not by how much I have given but by how much I had left after I made my gift.
Not by its size is my gift judged, but by how much of me there is in it. No man gives at all until he has given all! No man gives anything acceptable to God until he has first given himself in love and sacrifice.
While Christ was the perfect example of the healthy, normal man, He yet did not live a normal life. He sacrificed many pure enjoyments to give Himself to the holy work of moral rescue. His conduct was determined not by what was legitimate or innocent, but by our human need.
He pleased not Himself but lived for the emergency; and as He was, so are we in this world!
It is in view of this that all our Christian service must be evaluated. My old friend Tom Haire, the praying plumber, told me one day that he was going back home for a rest.
“I am preached out,” he said, “and I must wait on the Lord. There are some spiritual matters that I want to get straightened out. I want to appear before the judgment seat now while I can do something about it!”