In the presence of all the people, Jesus said to his disciples, “Watch out for the legal experts. They like to walk around in long robes. They love being greeted with honor in the markets. They long for the places of honor in the synagogues and at banquets. They are the ones who cheat widows out of their homes, and to show off they say long prayers. They will be judged most harshly.” Looking up, Jesus saw rich people throwing their gifts into the collection box for the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow throw in two small copper coins worth a penny. He said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than them all. All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had to live on.” (Luke 20:45—21:4, CEB)
What do we give to God? This woman is used by many. She is used as an example for stewardship when I don’t think that is what Jesus is getting at here. She put in her money as an obligation to the system and the others were merely tipping God.
God doesn’t deserve our spare change. God Deserves everything. We do not give God what is left over, we give to God first and then use what is left to provide for ourselves. I have said it and typed it many times, show me your checkbook register and I will tell you what your god is.
Do not tip God. Love God with everything you are and have.
Loving People. Loving God.