Throughout the course of His ministry, Jesus taught the disciples that God was looking at our hearts not our achievements. The widow’s offering was the epitome of that dialogue. Jesus was teaching outside the temple and was watching as people were giving their offerings. He noticed a widow giving her last two coins whose value was pennies. He told the disciples that her giving out of poverty was so much more substantial than all the folks giving out of their wealth. We must realize that God is more concerned with our hearts and love for Him and others; than he is with our achievements.
In that vein, we need to check our reason for following the Lord. Jesus promises that if we will simply trust and follow Him, He will give us an abundant life on earth and eternity with Him. There is no checklist nor is there a scale of “good enough” to reach. We could never earn salvation, but we can accept the gift He died to provide.
Finally, we need not sit on our hands and await Christ’s return. He will return one day. Many events and changes in our world point to it being an eminent return. In all honesty, though, Since Paul’s day, Christians have continued to watch for Christ’s return. He will come at just the right time. Until then, we need to live and pray for revival of our nation and like the widow focus upon the attitude of our hearts and not the tasks.
Jesus said it best, “Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
God Bless You
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.”
The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times
5 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6 “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”
7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”
8 He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.