The widow gave everything—all she had to live on. Others gave a portion of their wealth. She gave all. She could have given just one of her two coins. Had she done that, she would've given 50% of everything. 50% is quite a bit. Imagine liquidating half your assets and giving them to church or charity. That would be substantial and impressive. Had she given 50% of her money, anyone watching would say, “This woman gave generously, even sacrificially.” In this case, the widow chose not to divide everything. She gave everything.
Jesus is not after a percentage of our life. He is after everything. He is ruthlessly after our entire existence. There is nothing hidden from Him. Everything is laid bare in front of Him. We must give an account of everything. He wants it all.
So how are we doing? The Bible says in Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God &endash; this is your spiritual act of worship.” In other words, based on the fact that Jesus gave everything, our only reasonable response is to give Him everything.
This story about the widow is not about how much money you put in next week's offering. It's about something bigger. Have you emptied yourself in complete surrender to Jesus? Does every area of your life belong to Him 100%? Every day you’re faced with the decision to offer Jesus a percentage of your life or offer Him everything. We must give Him all.