The Widow's Offering

Tim Savage

The Widow's Offering "While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. "I tell you the truth," Jesus said, "this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has." (Luke 21:1-4)
This is such a moving passage. I can visualize the scene at the temple that morning: people busy at work, deliveries being made, men hurriedly walking together discussing business, hustling and bustling, coming and going, but in the midst, Jesus notices a poor, old woman humbly dropping a couple of pennies in to the offering container. Others also give their tithe, but it's given out of routine and obligation. It's like in a movie, when everything suddenly goes in to slow motion for an instant as the widow bows her head to say a short prayer, it's as if all of heaven stops to watch her act of total sacrifice.

It's not the amount of the gift; it's the size of the sacrifice. Am I giving or serving as a routine because it's what I always do? It should be out of complete sacrifice to our Almighty Creator. Have I lost that sense of appreciation that He chose me to serve Him? I should always be grateful for the opportunity to please my Lord and Savior.
Although I've heard this story a thousand times, this morning it resonated in me as I thought about my own serving, tithing and sacrifice. Too often, I slip in to auto-pilot. I become one of those busy businessmen who thoughtlessly drops my tithe in the container in the midst of doing a million other things, not even slowing down to consider the meaning behind the gift. God doesn't need my money or time, He wants my heart; all of my busyness for Him doesn't matter if my heart isn't broken for Him. I have to humble myself and be grateful for the opportunity to serve Him because He could have chosen anyone. We are blessed beyond our own understanding, but so easily get distracted by our to-do list and lose our sense of wonder and awe for Him.

I must remember the widow's sacrifice and renew my grateful heart.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Forgive me when I serve You out of obligation and not out of love. May I always kneel before You recognizing Your infinite power and might. I worship the One who created the stars and the planets and all life. Thank You for allowing me to serve You, I am undeserving.

In Jesus name,

Devotions for October 08

Ezra 9,10
Psalms 131
Luke 21

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