Our Not Enough

Suzie Eller

Day: 28 | Plan: Luke

Today’s Reading: Luke 21

Luke 21:3 (NIV) “’Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others.’”

It’s tempting to shy away when we feel we don’t have enough to offer. There always seems to be others who have more. They seem to have more talent or more faith—more of everything.

Rather than wait until we have enough, all God asks is that we bring what we have to Him. As we do, it becomes an offering of trust.

In the first few verses of Luke 21, we find people lined up to pour out their offerings. Some of the rich held bags brimming with coins. Others, like the woman standing in the shadows, did not. She clutched her offering—two copper coins equaling almost nothing.

It’s natural for our attention to gravitate toward the overflowing purses. But not Jesus.

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” (Luke 21:1-2).

He drew the disciples’ attention to the scene. The overflowing bags of coins looked impressive, but it wasn’t necessarily generous. In the case of those who were rich, it was often leftovers or extra.

The widow’s offering is all she had, and Jesus is openly pleased by her sacrifice.

We tend to think pleasing God means we bring Him overflowing faith. We might even hold back our offering until we feel like it’s measurable—at least, in our own eyes.

What if we brought God all of it? All our hope. All our doubt. All our fears. All our faith. All our talent. All of us.

This becomes an offering of trust, no matter our situation. We are aware of what we don’t have, but we are also aware of who He is.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, here I am, all of me. All that I have. I don’t want to wait to give until I think it’s enough. I want to bring it to You today. Whether it seems big in the eyes of the world, You delight when I trust You. Thank You for taking my “not enough” and multiplying it in ways I cannot imagine. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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