What are we holding on to? In Luke 21:1-24, we see a couple of stories that are pretty familiar. First we have the story of the woman who put into the offering all that she had. Then we have Jesus telling about the destruction of the Temple. Finally he tells about the signs of the end of the world. So what is the common theme that brings these together? Take a look at these verses.
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.”
Luke 21:3-4 NASB
Jesus calls her out and commend her for her faith and trust in Jesus. She is placing everything at Jesus’s feet and holding nothing back. Jesus wants the people to understand that they can’t hold on to anything, not their fancy Temple, and not even the security of knowing what the future might hold. Do we lay everything down, like the widow did with her coins, or are we still trying to hold on to things that are going to ultimately fade anyway? We must come to the place where we recognize that God is owner of everything and the more we try to hold on, the more we will lose. Are we giving our all to Christ today?