Luke 21 starts off with a story I love.
I find the whole chapter encouraging, motivating, a little sad and a fair few other things, but the start of the chapter I love love love.
It begins like this;
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
There are many reasons why I love this section of scripture, from things like the fact Jesus notices people so so amazingly well to the thinking about the life of that women and who she was.
However today I’m just going to talk about two things.
Two very simple, but powerful lessons I am reminded of every time I read this.
One; God wants our best.
He wants our all. Our faithful, obedient selves, not just our leftovers or some amount we deem appropriate. It’s all in. And when it is, He notices and cherishes it. This applies to much more than money, of course.
Its time and love and every aspect of our lives.
In the tough times, the lean times and the good times, a heart that’s all in is what he’s after.
Two; Your all is not her all. Your best is not her best.
You might look at someone giving what you think is two pennies and be annoyed, judging or critical. Don’t. Just because her offering seems smaller than your doesn’t mean it is.
You might look at someone giving what you think is a huge fortune and be upset, downcast and wishing you could give such a large, crowd drawing amount. Don’t. Just because her offering seems bigger than yours doesn’t mean it is.
Each of us is to give our best.
Don’t look at others and their offerings, focus on giving your all, your best, your heart.
You and God know what that is, and in the end, that’s the only two people who really count.
New Little *My-All* Wife