This passage from Chapter 21 of Luke’s gospel was one of the Lectionary readings for October 1st.
Verse 1: He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; 2he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; 4for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’Luke 21:1-4
In our churches, do we shower the big givers with accolades for their contributions but ignore others who give smaller amounts but give sacrificially?
I think we all know the answer to that question.
This has been an issue for a very, very long time.
Jesus saw how this operates back in his time. It’s still going on today, of course.
Large churches–especially ones that have embraced and are spreading the prosperity gospel nonsense–will never be free of this tendency to put their large givers on a pedestal and slight or ignore members who–like the widow in this passage–give lesser amounts but are giving sacrificially.
Let’s resolve–whether corporately or simply in our individual lives–to focus on each person we know who are putting their hands to the work, and to not simply lavish praise on our fellows who are able to write the big checks.
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