But the story of the widow isn’t about giving money. Not exactly.This is a message about giving what you have and that being enough.
Because many of us spend a lot of time worrying about measuring up to other people and measuring up for God. We look at what we do and we look at what others do and we feel bad.
“That person has a great education and they are able to do amazing things. They can do surgery or they can preach sermons or they can manage companies or they can lead countries. Me? I can only talk to a couple people. I can only clean up after kids. I can hardly move.”
But here’s the question for us: What are you saying in the conversations you have? Are you offering people hope and encouragement? Are you telling people the ways that they are important? Even when you feel like you have nothing to offer that is of value, are you giving all that you do have?
Jesus set the example. He took everything he had and he took his hands off it. He had all the riches and status and glory of heaven. And he took his hands off it. He had all the wisdom and he gave it to people who were considered foolish. He had all world resting on his shoulders and he sat and talked with a small group of people. He sat and talked with one person at a time. He sat and listened to people who were at the edges of society. A complete waste of opportunity, it seemed.
And then he gave up control of his life, choosing to release it to people who hated what he was doing.
Because he loves us.
And he invites us to do the same thing because we love him.
He takes the tiny things we do and they count.
Do it with all you have.
“I can only handle talking with one person at a time. I can only care for one project at a time. I only have this much of an audience.”
Then toss all of your audience, all of your conversation abilities, all of your tiny bit of service into the offering to God.
He’s the one who makes it work anyway.