The widow who gave her two small coins had given all she had, possibly leaving her with not enough to feed herself. Jesus was saying to his disciples that the amount you give is irrelevant. It is what it means to you and what motivates you to give that counts. A lot of us actually earn quite a lot more than we need. A lot of us also think that we must maintain our modern expensive lifestyles…. Jesus is saying: it’s not how much you have, it’s what you choose to do with it. The widow gave all she had to the Lord because she loved the Lord and she trusted the Lord.
Mark 12:41-43 NLT
Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions.”
Psalms 49:16-20 NLT
16 So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich
and their homes become ever more splendid.
17 For when they die, they take nothing with them.
Their wealth will not follow them into the grave.
18 In this life they consider themselves fortunate
and are applauded for their success.
19 But they will die like all before them
and never again see the light of day.
20 People who boast of their wealth don’t understand;
they will die, just like animals.
Today I find myself thinking about how much I actually have. How much work, how much money, how much wisdom, how much love. Are there any areas in my life where I have more than enough. Is there more I can share, is there more I can give? How much of what I have can I spare? Can I offer something more to God for him to use elsewhere?
Numbers 6:1-7:89, Mark 12:38-13:13, Psalms 49:1-20, Proverbs 10:27-28