1 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
A life devoted to God is better than a building devoted to God, for sure. And this woman was a beautiful life to God. She was now devoted to her true husband, the Lord, who would take care of all her needs. And she gave all she had out of her poverty, which is more than I have ever done. There is a big difference between giving to God out of our abundance (also a good, biblical concept) and giving out of our poverty, sacrificially. The latter might not be an everyday thing, but it is the highest, for such sacrificial faith elicits the the most sincere response from God. We don’t understand the depths of mature faith and the deep things of God until we understand what this woman and also Abraham (when he was about to sacrifice His son on the altar) understood. God is able. Much more so than we are, and when we cast EVERY HOPE AND DREAM and MEANS on Him , then he shows up in a big way: Jehovah Jireh, God will provide.
What do you need to give up to God today? What are you holding onto? The dearer you hold, the more He asks for it. Come on, your two small copper coins aren't worth holding onto anyway, whether they are your week’s lunch money or your everything. If He appeared to you specifically and said “[Your Name Here], Go and sell all that you possess and give it to the poor, then come follow me, and you will have treasures in heaven.” Would you? Meditate on what it would take to get to the place where you would, and then live in that attitude daily.
In prayer today…
Ask God to bring you to a deeper place of surrender.