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.”
These verses are known as, “The Widow’s Offering”. It demonstrates how so little can mean so much. It speaks of how it’s not how much you give, but how much of yourself you give to God.
The widow in this story gave just two copper coins. You would assume that the rich were putting in at least silver coins, if not gold. The value of silver in the time of Jesus could have been anywhere from 10 to 350 times greater than copper. I drew that conclusion from what I was able to research in a short amount of time, but you get the picture.
The widow’s offering meant very little in worldly valve, but in the Kingdom of God it was worth a lifetime.
Christ is speaking about giving yourself, that is the ultimate offering. The widow was willing to give up all she had to help others.
This shows the power of the individual in the Kingdom of God, and Christ is telling us this in these verses. Christ is telling us that the individual, our life that is a gift from God is what matters. It is the most precious thing you have. This is what the widow was willing to sacrifice to help others. This is what Christ sacrificed to save us.
The sacrifice of Christ is the greatest statement about the power of the individual. It is the worth, the only worth, the eternal worth, the individual.
The parable, “The Widow’s Offering”, is not just about the amount that you give in relationship to the amount that you have. It’s about the individual, and the power and worth of the most precious thing in the Kingdom of God, the individual.
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