Luke 21:1–4 (ESV)
The Widow’s Offering
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4 For they all contributed out of
their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
We are to be good stewards with our money, that is... we are not to squander and spend aimlessly, but to spend
and save our money wisely. We are to return back to God a portion of what he gives us. We need to realize that all we have is what God gives us. God has made some people rich while others poor. Never-the-less, we are to return a tithe
back to the Lord. It becomes a challenge for those who give back to criticize those who don’t seem to carry their weight. We need to give base on our own income and not worry about others. A tithe is 10 percent and is a good starting
point, but you are not limited to 10 percent, you can give more. In today’s teaching, you have the rich putting in their gifts into the offering box along with a widow who only puts in two copper coins. When you look at what they were giving
as a percent of total financial resources, the rich were probably giving generously, but the widow gave far more... she gave all that she had. The rich still knew where they were eating supper that night, but the widow was trusting the Lord. This
is not pointing fingers at the rich, what this reading is showing is a widow with great faith.
I pray: O Lord, help me to have the faith of the widow, to trust in you to provide for all my needs.
Help me to not judge others in regards to their gifts, but use me to further your kingdom. Let me return back to you with a joyful heart and to serve you with love. Forgive me when I fail and help me to do better. Amen.