This week someone told me of his Christian mother and her influence on people. He said, “She gave what she had.”
She had little formal education, was not a Bible scholar, and was not wealthy or famous by the world’s standards. But people who met her were not satisfied with one meeting. They came back over and over again. When she died, hundreds of friends attended her funeral.
What did she have? The man said words like “love” and “hospitality,” however his first statement, “She gave what she had,” seemed to be essential to her attractiveness. The virtues she possessed would have been meaningless to others had she not did something with them. She gave them away.
This woman’s son affirmed that her goodness came from God. He then spoke of God, who also loves, welcomes, and gives. The God of the Bible gives rain, and sunshine, and good for His creatures. He gives grace and strength, and understanding, and wisdom to all who ask Him in faith. The greatest gift of all is that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, and whoever believes in Him shall not perish but has the gift of eternal life. (John 3:16)
This Christian mother possessed that life. Out of it flowed virtue to bless others. Her son regretted that she could no longer give in this way. However, we rejoiced too, because when God gave what He had, it never stopped by reason of a funeral. In fact, death made possible the most precious of His gifts: the death of His Son meant the gift of eternal life.