Why did the Holy Spirit superintend the inclusion of texts like today's for church-goers like you and I? And I think there are two broad unchanging principles that form the heart of this account:
First, plainly speaking, this is a very material text. It's very earthy. It's about having enough food. And, even closer to home for many, it's about those times its obvious to us we don't have enough physical resources for our present demands. It's a clear story about lack. It's about need. The container may be different. It's a jar for this widow where we may consider a bank account overdrawn or a payment larger than our capacity or some pesky pastor calling us to deeper stewardship. But we get the idea behind the concern of this widow. Times can be demanding. They can be tough.
Second, this is a text about how priorities can become disguised so we might not clearly see what needs to be done first when we are staring at our resources - especially when we're staring at the limitations of our resources. What we see as our limitations can throw us off balance and make good decisions difficult and excuses easy. Hence the title of this teaching. It's not what you do. It's what you do first that matters. This point will form the heart of this teaching.
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