If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love,
It would be utterly despised.
Song of Songs 8:7 NASB
One day Jesus decided to pass the offering plate Himself.
The rich folks were so happy.
“Now He’ll see how important I am to His movement.
Wait till He sees how much I give.
This will ensure me a place on the board of directors.
Maybe if my offering is enough I can talk to Him about that “Eat my flesh” stuff He keeps talking about.
The tax deduction alone makes it worth giving into this ministry.”
But there was this one widow.
Bent over by years of lack.
She had sold everything she cared about years ago just to stay alive.
Her offering would not even pay for the postage for one His newsletters. For that matter, it wouldn’t even pay for the envelope.
She would not lift her head as she approached to give her gift.
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.” – Luke 21:1-4 NASB
Yes—both rich and poor were putting money in the treasury, but for the rich, it was surplus not sacrifice. The widow put all she had in the box. God doesn’t want our money, He want our life.
Don’t get me wrong here. He’s not looking to make us hurt by sacrificing for His kingdom. That’s wrong thinking too. There are sections of the Church world who would have you believe unless God sees us inflicting pain on our selves, He will see to it that pain enters our life another way. This is just religion at it’s worst.
The Father wants the best for us, and the best is giving Him our full trust. This is the lesson of the widows meager offering—meager by measure—major in kingdom value. She gave her life into the hands of the Lord. She trusted the Lord for His care and provision.
Don’t be a stranger.