“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.””
Luke 21:1-4 NKJV
Usually the passage above is used in stewardship sermons to urge the congregation to increase giving. Money is certainly needed in the Lord’s work, but If the passage were merely about that, then the message would be lost. Surely the rich giving from their abundance would have some merit. The truth is the widow’s heart is completely bowed to the will of the Father. She trusts Him with everything.
When I read it I can marvel at the heart of the widow. Such trust in God and holds nothing back. Her love of the Lord goes way beyond the material. Her giving is merely her love manifested. I can imagine her deep in prayer, crying out to a loving God, knowing that He will meet every need.
Being devoted to the Lord is a yielding of the will. Where we put our treasure is only part of it. Where we put our time and attention is a better, more indicative measure.
In my own spiritual life, I have found myself not spending the time with God that I should. Sure, I served a lot in my healthier days. I met my obligations as I taught, played music, served as deacon/elder, ministered in recovery ministries, etc. Sadly, my true intimacy with God was really lacking.
Daily I did my “quiet time” with a sense of obligation. The word had little time to really soak into my heart. I would open the Bible, read my chapters for the day and close the cover and go on with my life.
Various crises in my life caused me to seek God more consciously. In those dark moments I desired to know the “whys” and hoped to find the answers. Over time I noticed that my life was significantly sweeter the more intimate I was with Him. Unfortunately, when the crisis passed I drifted back into old patterns.
God has good about keeping my attention. I have seen the crises come at me with greater frequency as this old body, damaged by sin, falls apart. Clinging to Jesus has become an ongoing reality. My will has been surrendered and I look upon Jesus as all I need.
I am in a place where my dependence upon the Lord is daily. I find myself spending more and more time reading Scripture and meditating on His goodness. I have an eagerness to plop down in my favorite meeting place and see what He has for me.
I marvel at the way His word rends my heart anew each and every morning. Even reading the directions for building the tabernacle bring me to tears as I am able to see that ours is a God of the details who is concerned about every aspect of my life. Like the widow, my heart is bowed. He is all I need.
Now I desire to meet with Jesus everyday. I give all that I have to Him. He consumes all my emotions, all my desires, my future hopes and prospects.
Sadly, I have few mites, but I give Him everything else and He has met every need above and beyond. I know I can trust Him. He has my future in His hands. I limp about consumed by His glory.
Know that you can trust in the Lord. Give, serve, devote all. He is worthy!