And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
The widows may have been forgotten and ignored by the religious rulers, but they were not forgotten by Jesus. He knew of their burdens and their special needs. He knew they were to be looked after but that they weren’t always taken care of. Jesus always cares about the castoffs of society. And when a poor widow comes to bring her offering, Jesus sees what she gives and knows the whole story behind it.
The amount she gave may have seemed small, but its value is relative. To the rich men casting in much from their abundance, the widow’s two mites were almost nothing. Compared to what she had, it was everything. Sometimes giving to God will be a sacrifice. But when our hearts burn with love for God, when our spirit is bowed in humble obedience, we won’t think twice about giving everything we have to God.
We have to be careful in our giving not to get too focused on a number or an amount. Everyone is not able to give the same amount. What is more important than the sum total is the attitude and spirit behind our giving. If we’re giving out of pure love and thankfulness to the Lord, He’ll receive our offerings with joy. If our attitude is one of wanting to give and not that we feel we have to give, God will bless us in our giving. But if the spirit behind our giving is one of begrudgingly placing money in a plate, God will not be honored, and we will not be blessed.
There are many ways to give to God. He has given us financial resources that can be used for His honor and glory in many different ministries. But we also have time to spend serving God and those around us. We are allotted 24 hours each day, and a portion of that should be given to God. He has enabled us with different talents and abilities to be used for Him. We can spend ourselves in service by witnessing to others or encouraging fellow believers. We may have musical abilities or other talents to honor God in worship. Or we can prepare meals or meet people’s needs in similar ways.
When we give to God, whether it be money, time or talent, let’s not compare what we give with what others give. We should instead compare what we give with what God has asked us to give, what He’s blessed us with, how He’s enabled us. We need never hold back when giving to God, for He always supplies our needs. So let’s be sure to give Him our all.