“So he called his disciples to himself and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.’” – Mark 12:43-44
No one else noticed her, but Jesus commended this poor widow for her faith and generosity in giving all that she had – (what those around her considered of no value) – to God.
Can you picture the face of her Father in heaven? The gleam in his eye as she honored him? Trusted him?
Giving is not about the money; it’s an act of faith. This widow exhibited great faith in God and in His providence. She let go of all that she had.
The proof of our faith is in letting go, too.
How can we bring a gleam to our Father’s eyes?
We can begin by understanding that our lives are realigned and redefined by one relationship – with Jesus Christ. If we have Jesus, we have everything.
If we believe that, nothing will be more valuable to us than God.
Do we rely on God or on our possessions?
Like the poor widow, do we give gifts to God that actually cost us? Or is our faith journey one without cost? If so, where is our faith?
We can ask God how he wants us to sacrifice for him – and then do it.
Missionary Jim Elliot had it right when he said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”