Giving Everything - Part 2
While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.
Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.
For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”
Luke 21:1-4 (NLT)
I was reading these verses and I was amazed at the widow’s action. She gave 2 small coins: all that she had to live on. Didn’t she think beforehand that these 2 coins that she was giving were going to be used for other needs?
On the other side there was the rich who gave much more money than the woman, perhaps thinking that someone sitting near the temple’s collection box would look and be impressed at the great amount of offerings they were presenting.
Then Jesus steps in and gave this statement: This poor widow has given more than the rest of them.
Jesus was not looking at the great amount of offerings presenting by the rich individuals. He was looking at the percentage of the abundance that they had given.
I want you to show love,
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me
more than I want burnt offerings.
Hosea 6:6 (NLT)
So what shall I say? This old woman knew Jesus more than the rich people did. What about the amount? For, if the rich knew Jesus more than the old woman, they would have placed all their possessions in that collection box. However, it was not the outcome.
The widow knew Jesus more than those people. Without caring about the little amount that she could give, or her needs, she instantly gave her all. She knew that God is worthy of her everything, therefore she gave her everything to Him.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Luke 6:38 (NIV)
Give everything to God, for He sacrificed everything for you first…
One person gives freely, yet gains even more;another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.Proverbs 11:24 (NIV)