19th & 20th August
“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.””
What does Jesus want from us? Does He want the scraps of our time, the leftover parts once we have finished doing things that seem more important, than spending time with Him? Or does He want our best, the time we carve out in our day to spend with Him, that takes priority over all else in our lives. We will always have something important to do, or something that wants to take priority over our time with Jesus, which is why we have to be disciplined, vigilant and give God our first and best.
Today’s reading, taken from the book of Luke, addresses this very same issue. It was not about how much the widow or rich people gave that stirred Jesus’ heart, it was the condition of their heart, that was evident in what they gave. The rich people, as Jesus suggested, only gave a surplus of their wealth. It was as if their offering was just out of duty. It was safe. It wasn’t a sacrifice, merely a duty. Yet the widow’s offering, was all that she had. It cost her to give. She gave all she had. Not part, but all. This pleased Jesus not because He wanted her to be poor, but because it demonstrated a heart condition and attitude that said, ‘Jesus you mean more to me than my wealth, my time and anything that I have.’
Today’s devotion is not a message to encourage you to give all your money to the church. Rather it is a reminder and a challenge, that all we have is God’s. Not only our money, but our time, and our very lives. Let us remember to give God our best, not just our leftovers. “Whether it’s our time, talents, or money, God wants us to give everything to Him.”1 After all, all we have, is because we have received it from Him anyway.
1Bible Commentary, Pg 1380, Every Man’s Bible