Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)
Do you ever wonder what really impresses Jesus? Well on Tuesday or Wednesday of Holy Week we get a glimpse of one thing that impresses Jesus – giving God our all. The story is captured in Luke 21:1 – 4 (emphasis added):
The Widow’s Offering
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.
Jesus gives the best object lessons, and this one is a classic. In the midst of the pressure cooker that Holy Week was, Jesus stops to draw attention to this act of a poor widow. If He was prepared to pause and pay attention, so should we. What do you see? The words “all she head” ring in my head and I see the disciplines of worship and stewardship on full display.
Doesn’t it encourage you to genuinely practice these disciplines knowing that Jesus pauses and takes notice? Remember, no one understands this kind of commitment more than our Savior because just a few days after this incident He gave 100 percent for our salvation.
How committed are you? When you are tempted today to give God what’s left of your day rather than the best of your day, remember the poor widow who gave all she had. Practice the disciplines of worship and stewardship today.