Luke 21:1-4

Key Idea: She gave her all

Summary: I’m laughing as I look at my summary…all this for four verses?!! Yep. Ha!!

We began the lesson by talking about a chicken and a pig getting ready to help the master serve breakfast to his guests. While the chickens were proudly squawking about, the pig was rather quiet. The chickens asked, “aren’t you excited about serving the master?”

The pig responded thoughtfully…”For you, it’s a simple donation. For me, it’s a total commitment!”

The question we ask ourselves is what does God require of us? A token offering or total commitment?!

In Luke 21:1-4, we see Jesus watching the rich and the poor put money in the Temple treasury. A poor widow puts in two copper coins. This amounts to about an 1/8 of a penny. Yet Jesus praises this woman for her gift because she gave all she had to live on. Jesus’s comments show that the monetary value of what we give is not the only thing God looks at. He also looks at what we’ve kept back!

What is the point of this story? Is Jesus saying that we are to give everything in the offering and we are to hold nothing back?

We looked at two other passages of Scriptures.

In Acts 5:1-11, we read the story of Ananias and Sapphira. The early Christians were pooling their resources to care for the needs of other believers. One man sold property and gave all the proceeds to the apostles to distribute to those in need. Ananias and Sapphira conspired together to sell some of their belongings and lie to the apostles. They kept some of the money back, but told the apostles they were giving them all of the profit.

Peter tells them it was theirs to do with as they pleased. They were not required to give it all. The problem was that they lied to God.

We are not to deceive ourselves into thinking we are giving God our “all” when we are keeping things back for ourselves.

In Job 1:21, we see Job’s response to the loss of his children. He tears his robe, shaves his head and falls to the ground and worships God, saying…

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return. The LORD gives and the LORD takes away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Job recognizes that all he has comes from God.

All we have has been given to us! Think about that. Everything we have is a gift and it’s all temporary. God gives and gives us an opportunity to give back what He has given. The offering box is not the only place we give nor is what we give in the offering all we owe.

He gave His all, we give our all!

Hope you enjoy your weekend. Remember there is no first hour this Sunday! See you the following week.

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