I love how Jesus uses ordinary moments to teach. He was a master teacher who often used everyday things to make spiritual points. In this instance, he is observing the people give to the offering and takes the opportunity to talk with His disciples about giving.
You would think that the more you have, the easier it would be to give, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, the more you have, the more you want, and that can lead to holding on tightly to it all. In this story, we see a woman who is extremely poor giving all she has and the contrast is striking as Jesus watches the wealthy give a little from their surplus. I think there’s a tight connection between giving and trust.
The Bible talks about how difficult it can be for those who are rich to come to Christ. I know wealthy people who are faithful followers of Christ and who give generously so this is not always the case, but the point is that wealth can make it more difficult and I think it has to do with a felt need. When you have all that you want, it can be hard to see a need in your life. This woman is a picture of complete trust. She didn’t have much, but she trusted God to meet her needs. I’m challenged by her example.
So the question that I’m asking myself this week is how completely do I trust God to meet my needs? Do I feel like I need to hold onto some things in case He “shorts” me or do I trust Him enough to have a completely open hand in all areas of my life, including my finances?
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