All that she had
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” Luke 21.1-4
Jesus’ final week as God-man, walking the streets of Jerusalem, He found Himself in the Temple. Luke 20.1 says He was preaching the Gospel when the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him.
Here we go. Those rascals were plotting and planning the great trap. They were relentless but Jesus? He was fully aware of their shenanigans and was fully prepared. (Read Luke 20) This particular chapter ends with red words He spoke to His disciples:
“Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”
He looked up…
And saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury (the offering plate) and He saw the poor widow putting in her two mites (very small copper coins).
Abundance vs Poverty
The rubber meets the road right here for me. The rich gave out of their abundance, the widow gave ALL she had. Anyone under conviction? My hand is raised.
Have I ever given all I had? I don’t believe so. But this isn’t about guilt it’s about heart. I believe we will all have a different take-away from this short story, but here are mine:
- Be ready in and out of season. Depend on Holy Spirit to lead you in what you say and what you do.
- God, Jesus notices us. He sees what we do, what we give, what we hold back, and what we want to do.
- Be generous.
- Jesus loves and blesses women – regardless of social status – we are all significant in His eyes.
- Even my small offering is commended.
- What’s my score on the “willingness meter?”
What a moment of history, amen? Who would have ever thought at the beginning of 2020 we would all be sheltering at home, wearing face masks, and begging for toilet paper? It is rather apocalyptic! But. Isn’t it ironic that in the midst of all that is scary, the greatest event of Hope is celebrated? The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I refuse to allow Satan to rob me and my family of the Resurrection and its impact and meaning in our lives. Jesus is alive and well. Jesus is seated at the right hand of The Father interceding on our behalf. We have His attention. Just like He noticed the poor widow’s offering? He notices us. Let’s be busy about Kingdom stuff and redeeming our time for eternal purposes. We’ve got the time now – so those of us who can let’s be about praying for and serving those on the frontlines of this illness – our medical folks, our grocery clerks, our mail personnel, our neighbor. Let’s redeem our time rather than stress over what we cannot control. After all,
He is Risen…
He is Risen Indeed!