In my family’s life, there are many sacrifices. Sacrifices, that if not withheld, could make our life a little easier. (Before I go farther, I am not trying to brag or shine a light on us. I am just trying to be real and open.) Our God chosen life is difficult. However, any other life would be misery in a way that makes difficult look easy. God wants us, each of us, to give everything we have to Him. Our lives. Our homes. Our jobs. Our families. We are to give everything to God. Let’s look at a woman who gave her whole livelihood to God, not even aware that Jesus was watching.
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 the entire livelihood that she had.”
Jesus had just been questioned by the Sadducees, who had been trying to catch Him in some heretical teaching. Earlier, in Luke 20: 46-47, He had been warning His disciples against ever seemingly pious leaders, who were full of pride. In the court, people were giving offerings, when Jesus noticed a poor widow. She was the complete opposite of the Sadducees. She had put in to the offering two mites, what would be her total livelihood. She trusted God for her life enough to give Him everything.
This passage of Scripture is usually referenced when the issue of tithing and offering are being discussed. But it truly holds a deeper, more personal meaning. The woman had only these two mites in her possession. Instead of food, payment of bills, or any other rational use, she chose to give it to God. Why? She believed in God and His provision for her. Many times in our lives and in the ministry, we are stretched, we feel, to the end of our ability. It happens with money, resources, and even, emotionally. However, I see clearly, usually, in hindsight, how God blesses us when we give everything. Just recently, my husband was given an opportunity to take a job in the local school that could help build his relationship with the community, creating more opportunities to share about God. To us, it seemed like we should pounce on it. However, on paper, it seemed foolish to take the pay decrease. We chose to trust God in our finances and livelihood. We have been sustained financially more than ever. Also, the benefits of having the job have been incredible. He works literally cross the straight. He is home around the same time each night. And now, he will have summers off to be fully engaged in the summer missions that take place in our ministry.
During this time, Jesus had taken notice of this woman, even when she was not aware of it. Sometimes, it feels like our dedication or sacrifice is insignificant. It may feel unimportant. Remember, God is always aware. He knows how much of our lives we give. More importantly, God knows our hearts. He is aware of our intentions. Many seen this woman as giving very little, yet she gave more than any of the rich people who gave offerings. Why? The rich people only gave out of their abundance, yet the woman gave everything she had. It was more than just money to her. It was her provisions. It was her security. That was how much trust she had in God.
What areas of your life do you need to give totally to God? What will you trust Him with? It is amazing how God will take care of you, if you just trust Him.