Everyone is living a life worth offering.
Nobody really wants to be the poor woman who only had two copper coins to give at the altar of life. When Jesus witnessed this woman, though, He said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on” (Luke 21:3-4, ESV).
So why do we despise our meager offerings? I believe this is because we both know how much that costs, while at the same time, we also don’t really believe that that’s enough. We believe that if we have more before we go to the altar, it will be worth more. We believe that our life in itself – without anything to add – is not enough. But the truth is that the cost is still the same: everything. Whether I have an empire to give or the $13.00 I have in my bank account the offering still costs the same. When I give it, my account will read $0.00 here on earth. More than all of that, though, I think the scariest part of offering no more than ourselves is that we see the mess, and the hurt and the imperfections; we can feel our own unworthiness to be a pure and holy sacrifice.
However, in Romans, Paul writes,
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, ESV).
And again, in Ephesians, Paul says,
“But God , being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been save” (Ephesians 2:4-5, ESV).
It doesn't matter how many flat screen TVs you own, how many community service hours you have racked up in your life, how your attendance is at church, if you have ever been kind to a single person – your life, right now, exactly how it is – the mess, the good, the bad, the beautiful – is enough. It is more than enough.
You have an opportunity today, right now, to understand just how valuable you are – not because of any achievement or praise of man – but simply because you are a masterpiece of the Creator. He made you, personally, thought about what you would look like and what you would do. He considered what would delight your heart and how sensitive you would be. He believed in you before He ever formed you. He sent His Son before you; where you have been born into a sin-filled world, He sent His Son that you may be fully alive – that your spirit would come alive to live a life that reaches beyond the world around you and to give you eternal life – life where you get to personally know the God of the Universe and you get to be fully known by Him. The cross was not just a mass salvation – it was personal. Hebrews says “Jesus… for the JOY set before Him endured the cross.” YOU are that joy. He was thinking about YOU, individually. He was looking forward to the days where He would get to know you and you would get to know Him. He wasn't waiting on you making something of yourself, because He is the One who made you.
Your life is worthy of offering. And in the hands of the Maker, the possibilities are limitless. He’s not asking for you to give Him the world, just yourself. Together, you shall inherit the earth. He’s already promised it – He who is called Faithful and True.