Mark 12:41–44 (ESV)
The Widow’s Offering
41 And he sat
down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them,
“Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 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.”
Question: When can a penny be worth more than a hundred dollars? Well today’s text answers this question. If there was a collection plate being passed around and a rich man put a penny in it, that would
be an insult to God. But when a poor widow put penny in the plate, she gave more than all those contributing because she gave everything she had. There are times when you see a wealthy man holding up a check that is as large as he is and it is
made out for $10,000 and every one says WOW! Look at what he gave! But if he made $1,000,000 for that year... 10% would be $100,000. Not $10,000. If he gave what the poor widow gave, then he would have been holding a check for $1,000,000!
I pray: O Lord, help me to be a cheerful giver and to trust in you for my daily bread. Help me to give in secret so as to not draw attention to what I give. I also pray that what I give is God pleasing.
Help me Lord, I want to do better. Amen.