Small is a size, just like medium or large, but we often use it as a value judgement. For instance if we say, “they just gave a small amount..” usually meaning it didn’t help very much. But what about the widow in the Bible that gave two small coins? According to Jesus she gave more than any one of the wealthy that threw in buckets of money, because they gave out of their wealth, and she gave out of her poverty. She was actually giving! Her small was big.
We all would like to have big faith. Life throws big things at us and we would like to have faith big enough to throw them right back. But Jesus tells us that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed we can talk to mountains and tell them where to go. Faith that small, is big.
In our world it is valued to be rich and famous. The rich and famous have people that take care of everything for them. They have servants. Jesus shows us that it is far better to serve than to be served. He tells us that in the end the proud will be humbled and the humble will be lifted up. So small or humble really is big.
In Jesus’ economy everything is turned upside down. Small really is big and big really is small. As the widow’s two coins looked like nothing to everyone else, Jesus saw the widows big heart behind the small coins. Jesus saw the true sacrifice that she was making. In view of this we need to be careful how we label things. Are we really qualified to call something big or small?
Only The King can look into our hearts and see the truth. If today all you can give is a small part of yourself, give it with a big heart, because something small may turn out to be something big.