Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 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 21:1-4 (ESV)
Most people that blog are among the richest in the world, not because they are wealthy, but because they have more than 90% of the world’s wealth. In my city, and in cities I’ve visited around the world, there are many who are systemically or institutionally trapped in extreme poverty. They wonder if they will survive another day.
When I give, I give out of abundance. I have not come close to giving all that I have. I owe a great debt to God. He has given to me with overwhelming generosity. Even so, my giving doesn’t compare with His goodness to me.
We think if we could win a lottery, or get a high paying job, we would be more generous to God. But the widow shows us that giving to God has nothing to do with how much we have. When Jesus saw a poor widow give her two coins to God, He said she had given all she had.
Who loves God the most? The one who wins the lottery and gives a percentage, or the poor widow who has two coins and gives both to God? God gave everything for us. Ephesians 1 tells us God lavishes us with all the spiritual gifts of heaven. And as we know, the greatest gift is His Son, Jesus. What we have received in Jesus is beyond our ability to fully grasp.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:11-14 (ESV)
We can’t out-give God this Christmas. The gift of Christ is a gift of immeasurable value, today for abundant living, and tomorrow for all eternity. Our goal for life is to move toward the giving of the widow, who out of her poverty gave all she had. This is really the only kind of giving that satisfies the debt we owe.