January 14, 2018

All In
- Abraham Wright -

Luke 21:1-4 (NASB)

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

My junior year in college I played football for the University of Colorado. I got entangled in a time-consuming relationship to the point I wasn’t sleeping. The lack of sleep caught up so much with me that I fell asleep during a football game under a towel on the sideline. My teammates might have thought I was all in. I wasn’t all in, to say the least! In our scripture today, we will read about a woman who was truly all in.

  1. Jesus is watching us.
    He watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box (Luke 21:1). Hagar said, “You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13).

  2. A poor widow out-gave many rich people.
    Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them” (Luke 21:3).

  3. This poor widow was all in.
    Jesus said, “They have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has” (Luke 21:4).

    1. All In is not all perfect.
      “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:12-14).

    2. All In is giving what you have.
      Jesus said, “For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has” (Luke 21:4).

      How much bread do you have?” He asked. “Go and find out” They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish” (Mark 6:38).

      Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have (2 Corinthians 8:12).
    3. All In reflects God for us.
      From then on Jesus began to tell His disciples plainly that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and that He would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead (Matthew 16:21).

      Jesus said, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

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