“For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:44)
In Mark 12 Jesus and His disciples sat down across from where offerings were being thrown into the temple treasury. The Bible says that many rich people threw in large amounts but a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins. Jesus used this as a teaching moment for His disciples as He boldly stated that she “has put more into the treasury than all the others.”
When we talk about generosity, there are always people who say, “It’s more than just money!” And there are some people who say, “Who do I make the check out to?” I appreciate the willingness to give in both situations. But generosity doesn’t mean we give on our terms. It’s easy for us to give out of our surplus. When we’re in a season where we have lots of time, we tend to be more generous with our time. When we have padded bank accounts we may pull out our wallets and purses a little easier to give to the church. But what about giving in the area of our poverty?
Giving where it hurts the most is healthy because it cultivates a deep trust in Jesus and challenges us to let go of that which we hold closely. Jesus said the widow gave more than anyone else that day, yet she only contributed a few cents. In God’s economy it’s the size of the sacrifice that catches His attention, not the size of the gift.
Prayer: God, everything on heaven and earth is Yours. Help me to give sacrificially and trust in You with that which I hold close to my heart. Amen.