Two coins have a permanent home in the center console of my red Hyundai Santa Fe. They are in no danger of being used to pay a toll or feed a parking meter, because they are ancient copper coins–small, weathered and corroded over time. They were given to me by a good friend named George. George and I met for lunch almost monthly over the course of a year before he moved away.
The year of our lunch meetings happened to coincide with a year of transition in my life and ministry. The transition excited me, and at the same time loomed as the biggest risk I had ever taken in my life. I was stepping out of a job that I was used to, one that was funded, into a new job that was going to require a whole new source of funding. One lunch meeting, George showed up with a gift for me–two small copper coins, representing the widow’s offering from Luke 21:
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.” –Luke 21:1-4 (NIV)
Notice the woman had two coins. She could have given only one, and percentage-wise, still out-given her rich counterparts. But she gives both. Trusting God with two small coins is not the issue. Trusting God with what is left when the coins are gone is where her faith shines. She trusts God with herself, and that is why her gift is remarkable.
The coins that sit in my center console remind me to trust Jesus with me. When I met Christ at the age of seventeen, I heard His message to me loud and clear: “Give me everything.” As as much as I knew how to at that age, I did. Now when my faith is challenged by a risky job transition, problems that seem too big to face, or just by the gloom of a bad day, I need to remember the lesson of the widow’s gift: give both coins and trust him with what is left. Jesus has proven faithful to me each time I have.
What opportunities will you have today to give both coins and trust Jesus with what is left?