41. Sitting across from the temple treasury, He watched how the crowd dropped money into the treasury. Many rich people were putting in large sums. 42. And a poor widow came and dropped in two tiny coins worth very little. 43. Summoning His disciples, He said to them, “ I assure you: This poor widow has put in more than all those giving to the temple treasury. 44. For they all gave out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she possessed—all she had to live on.”
Have you ever stopped to think about what you give to God? I’m not referring to anything monetary. I’m talking about how much of yourself you give to God. The way in which God uses what we give is entirely His choice. Your offering, gift, or sacrifice may seem simple and unimportant. God excels in taking the simple and producing great results.
For example, the widow in our passage gave a total of less than one penny. The amount was not the issue. The issue, or what touched the heart of God, was her attitude behind that amount. Her devotion to God led her to give everything she had to live on. This in turn led to a deeper trust in God that He would provide for her needs. Where is your devotion? What does your devotion look like? Has your gift or sacrifice touched the heart of God? The world we live in says you have to give more, do more, and be more in order to be accepted. God requires one thing – obedience.
I believe there are some vital things we can miss if we don’t surrender ourselves to God. I give these to you for your consideration.
1. If I am not surrendered, I will miss the opportunity for God’s blessing on my life.
2. If I am not surrendered, I will miss what it means to be a “friend” of God.
3. If I am not surrendered, I will miss the opportunity to do something meaningful in the kingdom.