Mark 12:41-44 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.42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.[j]
43 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.44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”
In this text, Jesus was observed people putting money in the temple treasury. In doing so, His attention was grasped by the faith of a poor widow woman's offering. He noticed her faith and saw the heart in which she placed her 2 coins (2mites) into the temple treasury that day.
Man looks on the outer appearance, but God sees the heart. Jesus saw this woman's heart that day as she made her way to bring what she had and offer it unto the Lord.
This widow women went to the temple that day with the intent of sacrificially giving all she had, 2 mites. She was widowed and I am sure she could have used the money to take care of a need she had because scripture describes her as "poor", but instead she gave what she had unto the Lord.
Many gave that day out of their abundance, but this widow woman gave from her heart by faith, out of her lack.
Oh, what great faith this woman showed on that day!
God pleasing faith of a poor widow woman was missed by many that day who thought what she gave was nothing in comparison to what they gave. But, in the eyes of Jesus, this poor widow’s offering was priceless! .
Jesus watching her and being so impressed with her faith, decides to call His disciples to Himself to not only teach them something, but to express to them the importance of what He had just observed in the giving of this poor widow women of her 2 mites.
Jesus profoundly says to His disciples "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions."
I believe the point that Jesus wanted to make that day was not the value of the gift but the faith of the giver and the cost of the give. In other words, what was the motive behind the giver and what did it cost them to give what they gave.
What the widow woman gave that day cost her everything because scripture say she gave her all she had.
Faith is what God is looking for. Scripture declares in Hebrews 11:6a- It is impossible to please God without faith.
This woman proved that day that he poorest of the poor can be rich. She was rich in faith and Jesus honors that more than money.
Everything in life balls down to the matter of the heart. What are my motives in doing what I do.
What extreme measures of faith am I willing to take to advance the kingdom of God?
The poor widow woman took the extreme measure of faith in giving all she had that day. In doing so, Jesus said she gave more than everyone that was in the temple that day. Her gift was not given out of her abundance, but out of faith.
How are you giving to advance God's Kingdom? Grudgingly, out of your abundance or out of your love for God by faith?
2 Corinthians 9:7 - Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
God bless and I love you all.
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