She was poor, destitute, widowed. She didn’t have much in comparison to the others who were given. But nonetheless she sacrificed and gave in her poverty. Perhaps, if she had compared her small gift to others who were given, she would have been too embarrassed to give her frugal offering. Perhaps if she had considered her own need, she would have thought it wise to hold on to her offering. But this poor widow gave out of her lack. She gave out of obedience. She gave in faith.
If we compare our offering to others, we may think it is insignificant. Our prophetic word is not as eloquent as the Prophet’s. Our prayers are not as powerful as the Pastor’s. Our teaching is not as deep as the Teacher’s. Our monetary offering is not as impactful as someone who is wealthy. So we shy back. We hold onto what we have because we have believed the lie our gift, our contribution is insignificant, unimportant.
But remember, Jesus Himself took note of the widow’s gift. Jesus was impressed with her sacrifice, her obedience, her faith. Similarly, He takes note when we give out of our need, when we take a risk and step out in faith.
Let us give like this widow, with no regard for our own need. Give when you are in lack, encourage someone when you need encouragement, lay hands on someone when you need someone to lay hands on you. Heal the sick when you are hurting. Do not believe the lie you have nothing to give. You are blessed to be a blessing.
Let us give like this widow, without comparing our gift with others we deem “superstars in the faith”. You may be standing next to most prophetic person you know and God gives you one word – declare it. If you have only one lesson – teach it. Even if you are standing in presence of King Solomon, and God gives you a word of wisdom – speak it. Do not believe the lie your contribution is insignificant. You are a son, a daughter of the Most High. You are important in the Kingdom. There are no bench warmers in the Kingdom. We all get playing time.
“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box. He also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all offered their gifts out of their wealth. But she, out of her poverty, put in everything she had to live on.””
Luke 21:1-4 NET