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)
Can you hear the coins hitting the metal box? A large, loud offering might draw attention. It might impress. But it might not be acceptable to God.
From the very beginning God has preferred some offerings over others. Cain offered some of his crops while Abel offered the first and best of his flock. God saw Cain’s greedy shortcut and preferred Abel’s offering. Cain was so angry and jealous he murdered Abel (Genesis 4). God saw the heart behind each brother’s offering. Only one expressed gratitude, obedience and trust.
The poor widow truly had nothing to give, but gave it all. The rich people had plenty and probably gave an impressive sum, but only a tiny part of their surplus. It didn’t require any trust, would have no impact on their lives and wouldn’t even make dent in their surplus.
This was one of Jesus’ crucial-to-teach-before-death lessons told during His last week on earth. It’s an uncomfortable one because most of us are quite comfortable financially. As such, we should examine our offerings and the heart with which we give.
Does your offering to God express gratitude, obedience and trust?
These Holy Week articles would be perfect to repost on Facebook or Twitter or to forward through email. Scatter seeds as the world recognizes Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter.
#seedsofscripture #HolyWeek #Easter #offering #trust