“Just then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!” [Luke 21:1-4, MSG]
Isn’t it amazing that the offering that caught Jesus’ eye was not the offering given by the rich people, but by the poor widow who gave two pennies? To others nearby, it would have been the offering of the rich people that would have caught their eye because of how much money may have been given. Yet, Jesus declared that it was the widow who had given the most that day. What Jesus was teaching us was that it wasn’t simply how much you gave to the Lord that mattered, but out of what you gave to Him that had the greater significance. For instance, the rich people gave to the Lord very little out of the plenty; money they would not miss. However, in the case of the poor widow she gave to the Lord from the very little she had, all that she had.
Apostle Paul entreats us to “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering” [Romans 12:1, MSG]. Offering is not only when we give money in the house of the Lord but it is also giving to the Lord our time, resources, energy and all that we do. This kind of offering is what Apostle Paul calls our “spiritual act of worship”. If we carefully consider the words of Jesus in our opening scripture, we would evaluate what kind of offering we have been giving to Him. Have we been giving Him our all or giving Him that which we would not miss. Have we been giving Him the leftovers of our day, strength, money and passions, or have we been giving Him our very best?
When the children of Israel started to backslide and worship other gods, they started giving to God sub-par worship and deviated from the outline He had given to them concerning worship. Then the Lord said to them, “When you say, ‘The altar of God is not important anymore; worship of God is no longer a priority,’ that’s defiling. And when you offer worthless animals for sacrifices in worship, animals that you’re trying to get rid of—blind and sick and crippled animals—isn’t that defiling? Try a trick like that with your banker or your senator—how far do you think it will get you?” God -of-the-Angel-Armies asks you.” (Malachi 1:7-8 MSG). The Bible teaches us that “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” [Matthew 6:21, KJV]. That is why Jesus said of the Jews that “These people say they honor me, but their hearts are far away. Their worship is worthless, for they teach their man-made laws instead of those from God” [Matthew 15:8, TLB]. Clearly, the children of Israel no longer loved the Lord as they ought to and their hearts had been stolen by other gods and that is why it was so easy for them to offer to the Lord that which they would not miss and that which had no value to them.
When your heart is truly in something, it is reflected in your attitude towards it and in how much you invest in it. Your treasure is that which you hold dear and is of value to you. It is the best out of what you have. How much you value God will show in how much it costs you and how much you give to Him out of the abundance you have. If you give Him 1 hour per week of your time, then that is the estimate of your value of Him. If God is most important to you, then it would show not just in you saying or singing “I Love you Lord”. It is out of what you give to God that shows His priority and place in your life. It shows how much you trust Him and your dependency on Him. Some people frown on those who passionately serve the Lord in their youth and even consider them to be fanatics, but King Solomon said “Don’t let the excitement of being young cause you to forget about your Creator. Honor him in your youth before the evil years come—when you’ll no longer enjoy living. It will be too late then to try to remember him when the sun and light and moon and stars are dim to your old eyes, and there is no silver lining left among your clouds” [Ecclesiastes 12:1-2, TLB]. The best of your energy and strength is your youth and if you claim to love God, why would you want to give Him anything but your youth? If it the Lord who has given you the ability to create wealth, to be successful at what you do and has graced you with divine health to be able to work, then why would you give Him that which you would not miss?
King David had the opportunity to offer sacrifices which He didn’t pay for Himself. Yet, he said, “No. I’ve got to buy it from you for a good price; I’m not going to offer God, my God, sacrifices that are no sacrifice’” [2 Samuel 24:24, MSG]. The Bible says the Lord was moved by what he had done that it brought about the end of the plague for which King David offered sacrifices and sought the face of the Lord. The Lord is moved by this kind of worship. He is touched by this kind of sacrifice. He takes note of this kind of giving and when He takes note of a person who worships Him this way, you see that person is continually favored of the Lord.
Worship is a sacrifice to God and it costs something. Brethren what are you giving to God? Don’t give that which costs nothing, don’t give what you will not miss. Give that which will cost you something. That is your sacrifice and worship to God.