Wednesday 1 January, 2020

Luke 21:1-4

21 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.”

I wonder what led the widow in this passage to give the way she did?

Had she been saving her coins specifically to bring to the temple? Was she nervous about giving all of her financial means away? Was she in the habit of giving in this way?

The Bible doesn’t give us a lot of background information here, but it does tell us that Jesus noticed the way she gave and saw her ‘small’ offering as anything but. Given that women, especially poor and widowed women, were seen as ‘less than’ in the historical context of the passage, it was a big deal that Jesus highlighted the way that she gave. 

It makes me ask of myself:

Where are the areas of my life that I feel called to give of my resources but I feel like poverty (or a poverty mindset) is holding me back? 

God, let me never be held back by a mindset that convinces me that I have nothing to give. I pray that all of my giving – however small or large – would require a step of faith, as it is faith that pleases you. Amen. 

Written by Ps. Madelaine Tarasenko

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