“And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins….put in all that she had to live on.”
After condemning the scribes in 20:47 for devouring widow’s houses for public recognition, Jesus points out a widow quietly giving all that she had to live on. Would she need to work before she could spend any more. . . for anything? Would she eat tonight? We do not know how long she had been a widow. She was showing her love and her dependence on God for all her daily needs. The Bible teaches us to plan but God wants our hearts to seek to be hilarious in giving. I remember the day I received Christ, there was nothing I wanted apart from this reality of sins forgiven. “Take the world but give me Jesus.” Jer.2:2, “I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, the love of your betrothal, you following after me in the wilderness, through a land not sown.” Love that seeks Him even when times are tough. Giving during financial downturns, giving when grieving, giving because God has not and will not change. Heb. 13:5 I need to make sure that my character is free from the love of money, being content with what I have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” Surely I need to look at my checkbook when I answer the question, “Have I left my first love?”
Jesus went on to describe the signs of His second coming to set up the Kingdom when the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. We are in the times of the Gentiles now and these are days of abundant spiritual blessings for the Gentiles. Does my gratitude for these spiritual riches show in my giving, like that simple Jewish widow?