The Passion of Christ in the Gospel of Luke
A Guide to Meditation and Prayer
Week 3 - Day 3
The Widow’s Offering
Meditation on Scripture- Read Luke 21:1-4 and write your reflections in the workbook. Use the summary below for further reflection on the passage. Prayer- Use the Guide for Prayer.
This is a famous story often called, “The Widow’s Mite,” because the King James Version of the Bible used the word “mite” to describe the small coins, like pennies, that she used. There was an offering box for donations in the temple. These supported the work of the temple and were a way for people to show their appreciation to God. Jesus watched people putting money into the collection box. He noted that many who were wealthy put in significant donations. This poor widow however, only put in two small coins. This small amount was not even a day’s wages but only a very small and seemingly insignificant sum. It was all she had however, and she gave it all to God. Jesus commended her sacrifice said that her offering was more pleasing to God than all the rest because she gave all she had to live on.
How did this poor widow give all she had? Perhaps because she could hardly have given less as there was no coin smaller than what she used. Perhaps she was embarrassed to give less. Yet perhaps she felt a deep gratitude toward God for his blessings, in spite of her poverty. Whatever the case, she gave sacrificially and Jesus commended her. This incident reminds us that God sees things differently than we do. There is no indication that Jesus said anything to this woman to give her a verbal commendation. Even when we have no verbal affirmation or sign from God, we should recognize and be assured that God sees what we do.
Things to Consider –
· The practice of giving to God’s church is a tradition to goes back, even to the time of Jesus and beyond. How do you feel about giving to the church?
· There were both rich and poor people in Jesus’ day. Do you consider yourself rich? Or poor? In relation to which people or groups of people are you rich?
· What is your practice of giving? Is this an important area of your discipleship? If not, why not?
· In what ways are you generous? With your time? Your words? Your praise? Your gifts? Your money? Your resources? Your encouragement?
· Where do you tend to be stingy, in terms of your time, money, energy, effort, friendship, praise?
· Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Do you see any illustrations of this in your life?
· In what ways do you sacrifice in order to follow Christ? Do you make sacrifices to have a regular devotional time? To read the Bible? To serve the church? To study and learn? To meet with other Christians? To give financially? To love your neighbor? What does it cost you to be a disciple?
· Do you think it is possible to be a Christian disciple if it costs you nothing?
Guide for Prayer –
· As a preparation for prayer, reflect for one minute on the scripture verse that says, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” Isaiah 40:29
· Thank God for several material blessings you have been given? Acknowledge that all gifts come from God’s hand.
· Think of any advantages you have had in life. Thank God for them.
· Think about people who have helped you along the way. Take a moment to thank God for several of them.
· Take a moment and pray for your family members by name.
· Ask God to help you not be complacent in your faith.
· Ask God to give you a generous heart. With your time. With your resources. With your attention. With your gifts. With your heart.
· Ask God for opportunities to do good with your resources, as a way to “lay up treasure in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-20).
· Pray for one person who needs God’s grace and care.
· Take some moments to offer your own prayers to God. Offer whatever prayers and praises seem appropriate.