What Matters to the King?

What Matters to the King?

March 17, 2024

Luke 21:1-4


"Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them,
for all of them have contributed out of their abundance,
but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

from Luke 21:3-4


When you don't have much, what you use it for says a lot about your priorities.

Jesus arrived in Jerusalem without much time left before his crucifixion. In the last sermon, we considered Jesus cleansing the Temple of those who turned it into a "den of robbers" as well as healing the people who were lame or blind who followed him in. What he does says something about Jesus' priorities.

One of the other things he did was to watch people giving their offerings. He noticed that a widow, who had extremely little to live on, offered everything to the Lord.

He recognized her as the one who gave the largest offering to God. Some gave from their abundance but she offered everything.

Giving all that she had, out of the little she had, revealed the strength and priority of her faith.