1While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. 2Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. 3“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. 4For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”
I have 10 quick thoughts about this passage.
#1 – Jesus watched the rich people, but he NOTICED the poor widow. So often in our culture, the people who have less feel overlooked and set aside, but Jesus takes NOTICE of you.
#2 – The Bible never says this lady was old. She’s a poor widow, not an old lady. I don’t know why we always assume widows are old. We have to be careful when reading the Bible that we don’t allow the childhood “picture books” to skew our perspective of the stories.
#3 – The widow gave everything—all she had to live on. Some people gave a little, but this woman gave all she had, even though she didn’t have much. So often people say, “if I had more, I’d give more.” But as I read the Bible, I learn that MORE does not equal a higher quantity. MORE = higher sacrifice. Whether or not I have more, I CAN give more.
#4 – Jesus is not after a percentage of our life. He is after ALL of our life. He literally wants everything. He gave his all FOR us, and he wants all OF us in return.
#5 – This story about the poor widow is not about how much money you will put in the offering at church this Sunday. This story is about how much of your life you will devote to him on Monday. So…how much?
#6 – At the end of the day, Jesus cares more about WHY you give, than WHAT you give.
#7 – When we DO give financially, we give to GOD…not the church, or for people to see. This woman realized that her generosity wasn’t to the people or for the people, it was for God. When we give, we don’t give to a people, or to a person, or to a building, we give to God.
#8 – We should give when nobody is looking. Jesus never commended her publicly. He never made her the example. He never even addressed her. She didn’t wait to be asked. She didn’t look for some kind of affirmation for her gift. She didn’t wait for the church to come out and ask for it. She just gave.
#9 – We give regardless of the cost. Because Jesus gave his all for us, we give our all for him. Our generosity stretches further than today or this month, it impacts peoples lives & is an investment into eternity.
#10 – At Oasis, we don’t take an offering, we don’t stand on stage and talk about it all the time, we don’t put up posts online telling people who missed church to give…We depend on a few sacrificial people, people like the lady in Luke 21. To those who give faithfully and quietly, to those who give under the radar and without recognition. Thank you. You are the people who make Oasis possible!