The Tiniest Gift That Changed the World
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" the Pharisee asked Jesus. In His answer, Jesus shared the most important thing that we can ever do: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" (Matthew 22:34-40). Above all else, God wants us to love Him with our whole hearts.
Read Luke 21:1-4. It was Passover, a busy time in Jerusalem. The city was wall-to-wall with people. Worshipers from near and far brought their gifts to God. Thirteen brass chests called trumpets were placed at the treasury to receive the offerings. These brass trumpets were narrow at the top, enlarged at the bottom, designed so that silver coins, denariis, and shekels would make a racket as they poured in.
Travelers listened and rejoiced as the clacks and clinks echoed throughout the treasury. Wealthy person after wealthy person dumped in their money. But into this mayhem slipped a quiet widow. She held no bags - only two of the smallest coins. These coins had nearly no value, but it was all that she had.
Perhaps she was embarrassed. Perhaps she approached the trumpets timidly, hoping nobody would see her.
But Jesus saw her, and He was greatly honored. He called His disciples over and pointed out the woman. "Truly I tell you," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others" (Luke 21:3). Her small coins, given with her whole heart, carried more weight in God's eyes than the heaviest bag of the day.
"Lord, I love You," the woman was saying with her two copper coins. "Here is my heart; here is my life. It's not much, but it's all I have." She, more than all of the religious people there, was loving God with her entire heart - and Jesus saw.
God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). He could command piles of gold into existence if He wanted to. He has no need of our money. But our wholehearted surrender and worship - that is His treasure.
Prayer: Lord, I want to love You with my whole heart. Help me to live generously and wholeheartedly just as the widow did. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"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 21:4).