The same principle applies!
And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. Luke 21 verse 1 – 4.
What is the Lord saying here? This woman gave all that she had and the Lord knew. Another person standing next to Jesus might have thought, the rich men gave more in money value but in the eyes of the Lord it’s the widow that gave more. What a great lesson.
2 Corinthians 10:12 (King James Version) says:
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
So why we do feel bad and compare ourselves with others? Only the Lord knows what He has given each person and what is expected.
Matthew 25:20-24 (King James Version)
And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
From this scripture it is evident that what the Lord is looking for is faithfulness with what He has given us. He commended the one with five talents the same way He commended the one with two talents.
This explains why we should not compare ourselves with others. Only the Lord knows what graces and capacities they have. As we begin to be faithful in what He has given us, He will enlarge us as it pleases Him and as we are able to receive.
1 Peter 4: 10
As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
No work of the Lord is small, all is precious to Him. What is important is that we are faithful with what He has given us.