Scripture selection: Luke 21:1
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Toward the end of Jesus’ earthly life he taught many things. But he wasn’t the only one doing some teaching.
Take this poor widow for example.
Surrounded by all the pretentious, self-serving, self-righteous types – who liked to give their gifts out of their wealth – so they looked good – came this one solitary teacher.
She taught volumes about true devotion; true faith.
Jesus didn’t need to preach a stewardship sermon.
He didn’t need to shake his finger at the people, warning them of how their greed would one day do them in.
He didn’t even need to pass an offering plate.
He just pointed at this one, dear old woman and said in essence, “learn to live like her.”
Two thousand years later we still remember her and still honor her.
She is still teaching us about stewardship.
Most of all, she is still teaching us about how we are to love God.
We are to love God – with reckless abandon – just like God loves us.