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.” (Luke 21:1-4)
The Pharisees measured donations in absolute terms. If you gave more you were obviously more committed. Yet Jesus looked at things differently. A large proportion of not a lot means a far greater sacrifice than a small proportion of vast wealth. It’s not the amount that counted but the level of commitment the donation reflected.
Whether we have a lot or we have a little the Bible makes clear that Jesus is more interested in a committed relationship with us than in our wealth. This challenges us to think about how we show our commitment to him? Especially in these times when life is restricted do we give Jesus a fitting proportion of our time, talents and money?
Prayer: Father help me to hold onto the things of this world lightly and to value the important things that are eternal such as my relationship with you. Help me to hold onto others around me and to show them also how important they are.
Action: Do something today to show God and the people around you how much you love and care for them.