Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Jesus is an amazing teacher and could find wonderful illustrations at every bend to impart practical wisdom to His disciples. In this instance we see our Lord and His misfit band of ruffians at the temple when the Lord’s attention was drawn to the offering box. He saw the affluent worshipers shaving off that which they could easily spare, and dropping it into the box, reveling in the mighty clang of their offering as their coins slid down the trumpet shaped receptacles. Then His attention was drawn towards another, a widow, approaching the offering box. He quickly got the attention of His disciples, and they all watched her. They watched as she carefully removed the two small coins called lepta from a tattered pouch, and gently released them into the receptacle. Jesus used this scene as an opportunity to instruct His disciples on one of the single most important lessons any Christian can learn.
“Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
We must be careful to examine this statement of our Lord by listening for the gentle beat of his heart. The Lord is not giving a lesson on tithing, or sowing into different ministries. Neither is our precious Savior giving an altar call for the nominal Christian to step up and go “all in.” Beloved listen to the invitation of our mighty Savior in this wonderful passage: “But she, out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
This widow had no financial stability since her husband had perished, and what little she had she carefully brought to the temple and gave it away! This act of devotion and trust portrays, in fullness, the posture of heart we are to have towards our mighty King! Can you see it beloved?
By placing those two coins in the offering box she was choosing to be completely dependent on God and God alone.
This woman was saying that she trusted absolutely in Him to be her Provider, Protector, and her Husband. She was throwing herself wildly into His arms and declaring “O God, my love, it is your embrace that shall sustain me, your table that shall feed me, and your wing that shall cover me! I am wholly yours and in you I rest my confidence, my life, my future! You are my Husband now, and I am eternally yours!”
This beautiful widow caught a glimpse of the nature of our Father and in this simple act she makes a profound declaration of faith. Those two lepta represented her entire life and she gave it all as an offering to our Father, thereby entrusting Him with the responsibility of her wellbeing! She was proclaiming that she would rest in Him and His tender care.
Beloved this lesson was not only for that ragtag bunch of ruffians, His disciples, but an invitation, here and now, for you and me to enter the same splendid rest! We are being invited to recognize our own poverty apart from Him and choose to no longer place our confidence in anything but the nature of our Father! We too are being asked if we, out of our poverty, will place all we have in the hands of our Savior and let Him take care of our every need.
My friends we must choose to rest in Him and allow Him to act as Husband and as Father to us. Beloved the Christian life is essentially a relationship with God in which we give up our self-sufficiency and rest all of ourselves on the might of His great love for us. We are free to let go and courageously leap into the eternal arms of our wonderful Lover, and there make our home! Let us leap boldly into His love in light of His devotion to us displayed at the cross and choose to rest in Him, fully convinced of His everlasting goodness!