“They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on” – Mark 12: 44
She was a widow. She was also poor. Bible does not tell about her family or any fortune she had. But her offering became a model to be followed. Jesus called his disciples to him and made this statement which extolled the virtue of her giving.
Jesus did not condemn the rich putting more offerings. He simply pointed to the poor widow’s offering as being better. It was better because she put in everything she had – all the two small copper coins.
It is a great act of faith. She did not save one coin for her next meal. She gave it all. She had trust in the Father God who provides. Her faith is what moved Jesus to praise her act.
Jesus is interested in our offerings. Just as how he ‘sat down opposite to the place where the offerings were put’ (v. 41), he is looking at our offerings. Not only the amount we put in as offering but also the balance we have left after giving to God!
Giving should be sacrificial. It should pinch us. We should feel the pain when the money is put in the offering bag. But we should do it with great faith in the Provider saying, “He will take care of my needs”.
It is hard to have the faith like this poor widow, but we should strive. In an age where people try to save money as security against future, money should not be our hurdle to enter into the Kingdom of God.