1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”
Observation – What does it Say
- Jesus is in the temple
- The rich were putting in gifts
- A poor widow putting in two small copper coins
- Widow put in more than all the wealthy
- The wealthy gave out of their surplus
- The wealth had a surplus that is more than they needed
- The wealth gave out out what they did not need.
- The widow put in all she had to live on
Interpretation – What does it mean
God is not pleased with what we give. Rather He is pleased in where the gift comes. The widow gave all she had. She gave all. Her priority was the Kingdom of God. Those who were wealthy had as their priority themselves first then God.
Application – How does it Work
Does God have you or does your stuff have you? Does God have everything of yours. Or are you holding on to the things you need? Do you believe it is only prudent to spend time and money protecting what is yours? What do you need to live? Are you living for God or your stuff?
Is your attitude, after working all day you deserve a time of relaxation? And all your stuff help your relax. There is a justification for it all, your game boy and flat screen TV, computer, smart phone, home, 2 cars, etc. After you have paid all you bills then you give God what is left over.
Sometimes the more stuff we have the more our stuff has us. We insure it. We paint it. We spend our time protecting and improving it. But if Christ asks for it will you be willing and able to give it? He has asked for it. All you have belongs to Him. Are you willing to give it to Him?
What would it look like if Christ were truly first in your life rather than yourself. There is no second place for God. He is either first place or no place.