TO prove the sincerity of our love to the Lord Jesus, we must be liberal in our contribution to the Truth. From this there is no exemption – for rich or poor, “If there be first a willing mind, the contribution is accepted according to that a man hath”; “deep poverty” is no excuse for not doing; and riches only lay an increased obligation to excel in munificence. In giving her mite, the widow gave all that she had; and in so doing, gave more than all the rich, who contributed of their abundance without experiencing the least inconvenience. Think of that, ye who are rich, “she gave all her living”; think that ye can behold her generous countenance in the judgement and not remorsefully cry, “Shame upon us, for our not having been rich towards God!” Aye indeed, you will then feel the force of the Master’s warning, “Beware of covetousness!” “Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich”; yet ye have not the heart to part with the Mammon of unrighteousness to aid the Truth in its arduous combat with error and sin.
JOHN THOMAS, The Faith in the Last Days, page 239.