And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:3, 4 ESV)
Previously the religious rulers had sought to trick Jesus with the question about taxation. The response was profound – give what you owe to Caesar and give what you owe to God. There is an episode at the start of Luke chapter 21 that highlights this in a short and simple way. It’s also indicative of the difference between God’s perception and our own.
Having a lot and giving a substantial amount will appear to be a big deal to those looking for a significant figure. A billionaire giving hundreds of thousands is still hundreds of thousands to those who might need it. A poor person giving what they have will not appear much on the accounts. It might not make much of a difference when the hundreds and thousands and hundreds of thousands are concerned. Yet in God’s economy that person is applauded and honoured – because it’s the heart from which it’s given. It’s about the fact that when it comes to God’s business you’re willing to give it your all.
The same applies in regard to people and their skills and abilities. Some people are gifted in spotlight areas of life and in giving just some of that gift they amaze and dazzle others. Whereas there are people gifted in less highlighted areas who are committed to giving their all at every occasion but never appear to get recognition. This returns to the point, however, of who we’re living for. If it is for the praise and attention of men, then we can focus on appearances. If it is for the honour and glory of God to whom we are grateful for everything, then we can focus on having the same attitude as this woman who in her poverty still gave it her all.
What God says is that He looks for people that will love him with all they have. That love isn’t about doing someone a favour, that love isn’t done for show. That love is about recognising that God in His goodness gives us everything and is delighted to do so. He expresses that love in giving His best even in His only Son.
In the light of that, giving Him all is no burden or chore, it’s a delight.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden