Luke 21:1-4 NLT
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.”
Reflection . . .
How much do we give to the Lord? Do we give 10% of our income, perhaps much more? Many only give out of their wealth or a small portion of what they have. This woman gave all that she had to the work of the Lord. She trusted God to provide for her needs and gave radically to God. She had faith to trust that what she was giving to the Lord was more important than her own personal needs.
What a great lesson for us! Are we willing to make God’s work such a priority and give radically that we give everything? We would probably say, she was being irrespossible, or perhaps carefree! But Jesus commends her for her recklessness! Another example of this is when Mary poured out expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet in worship (John 12:2-4). Jesus desires the kind of worship that costs us something valuable — all that we have, not a small part of our surpluss!