Luke 21: What Do We Give?
It is interesting for us to talk about the older lady in Luke 21 who gave everything she had for an offering.
Luk 21:1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
Luk 21:2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
Luk 21:3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
Luk 21:4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
I think that the implications seem to be rather straightforward here. It is true that there were plenty of people who donated much more money to the Temple in Jerusalem, and the next few verses talk about splendor of that Temple. However, Jesus calls attention to the poor lady who was willing to give at a much greater sacrifice.
I want to broaden this topic a little bit. I was particularly thinking about time. How easy is it to give my time to what God would want me to do when I’m sitting at home doing nothing anyway? In those situations, it is not that difficult for me to pick up a Bible or some other Christian material. I have the abundance of time, so it is easy for me to give that away.
However, when we get really busy, it is hard to give time to God. It is hard to keep our focus on giving God whatever time we can. Obviously, our whole lives belong to God, and everything we do should reflect his glory. It is simultaneously true that Christians are not expected to do nothing but read their Bibles or go to church all the time. We are supposed to earn a living, care for our families and develop friendships and relationships.
Giving money to the Temple is certainly a good thing. Reading the Bible is a good thing. Spending our time in church is a good thing. However, there are other things as well that our money and time needs to be committed to, and those are also good things like caring for our families. Therefore, when I think about this passage, I think the bigger message involves our commitment. Everything we do and own belongs to God anyway, but what do we give to God?