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.”
Luke 21:1-4 (ESV)
Jesus teaches us a valuable lesson about appearances. The rich appeared to be giving generously and the widow appeared to be giving very little, yet the opposite was true. Most of us would have seen this situation and thought of the large sums given by the rich as generous, and would look with disdain on the meager gift of the widow. But, Jesus didn’t just see the gift he saw the heart of the giver.
So often we judge by outward appearances and never give a thought to the inward condition and conviction of others. Jesus shows us to look past what we see and to see what he sees.
We all too often judge ourselves, and others to be giving the minimal amount to God and His Kingdom while glorifying those we believe to be giving generously of themselves. Just because a wealthy person gives generously doesn’t mean they are truly giving all of themselves to the effort. Many people that feel they can’t give generously are already giving themselves fully to God and His work.
The Lord knows the heart of everyone of us rich or poor, we are all being judged by Him. What’s in our hearts as we give of ourselves and our means is the measure of our generosity, not what others see on the surface.
So today, lets not judge our gifts or the gifts of others by what we see, because we should never judge a gift by its appearance.
© 2014 Leo J. Woodman