The Widow’s Offering
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.
“Man we are scraping the bottom of the barrel!” Meaning we have no more! This is all we have to work with and this is it!
I have been in situations where I didn’t even have the barrel! I mean peanut butter and jelly was a luxury. I have stood in this widow’s shoes!
I can almost hear her thoughts right now…
Lord, the rent is do tomorrow.
My cupboards are bare and I really need to go to the market.
The oil is low, I won’t be able to heat my home or light the lamps.
But Lord, I have you. These two coins aren’t mine. They belong to you. You will provide all my needs.
Her actions were about so much more than money. They were about how large her faith, hope, and dedication to Christ was compared to the others. It is about how important the “little” things are when done for Christ.
These rich men gave what was needed. They showed up did what was expected of them and went on their merry little way. Their week ahead was not changed in any way. They were the “Sunday Morning” Christian.
God, I will give you what is expected. No more! No Less! I will put forth enough faith and hope to say I believe in you, but the rest of my life is my own.
The widow, on the other hand, puts all her faith and hope in God that day. She had no idea what laid ahead of her that week. She knew there were bills to pay, obligations to be met. She knew she would have no other way of surviving other than put all she had in Him.
Which spiritual coin purse are you working from? Do you give just wanted is expected of you to make it all look good? Or do you, like the widow, go all in? Do you bring to the table everything you have and put all of it in the hands of God?
There are no large or small jobs in the sight of God. There is only large or small faith in everything you do.
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