Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.
Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”
That’s it? That’s all there is to it? A story, a comparison and a conclusion from which we can draw what, an understanding of proportion? There is no explanation given, no application, just the event described and comparison made. The least shall be the greatest…catch a glimpse of some of what is meant by that statement made earlier? Or do we have an example of another principle? In her giving was she relying totally upon the Lord to provide? Would some say she was foolish? Would some say this just proves what Jesus said when he said the “church” was robbing the widows?
Many point out that Jesus was honoring the widow in her giving, she has been remembered ever since. A simple act of honoring the Lord with all she had. How much do we love the Lord? Enough to give Him all that we have? Enough to totally rely upon His provision? Who provides for our well-being; ourselves? Our employer? Our family? How do we demonstrate our truly held belief?
Jesus did not discredit those who gave of their surplus, he made a comparison and that comparison fits the principle he stated earlier, the least shall be the greatest the greatest shall be the least. How do we make this word active and alive in our lives? Follow the Spirit’s prompting, understand who your provider is. We know who He is, and who He says we are. We know what He can do and what he says we can do through Him. When we obey, the Word is active and alive within and through us.