“Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 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” (Mk 12:41-44)
)Perhaps you think of yourself as not having enough money, time, & service to give to God? The Scripture instructs us when we give all that we have to the church, we should not worry that we will be impoverished. “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,”Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it” (Mal 3:10). Psalm 37:25 says, “I have been young and now am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread”. God will remove barriers if we will serve and give to the Kingdom.
What did the widow give? Verse 44 says she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood. She trusted in the Lord to take care of her even though she gave all she had. Now that’s real faith in God put in action!
How did the widow give? In order to be pleasing to God, she gave of her own self first by doing the will of the Father (Matt. 7:21). She gave purposely, not grudgingly or out of necessity, but cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7). She didn’t give to be seen of man but rather to be seen of God. “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly” (Matt 6:1-4).
Why did the widow give? The widow gave her all because she was selfless & because she was grateful because of the Father’s blessings (Jam1:17). “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:24)! The rich ruler let the love of money keep him from the treasures of heaven. However, this widow was willing to give voluntarily what this rich young man would not give. The rich fool of Luke 12 is another good example of an improper heart. He didn’t even do as much as the rich that gave out of their abundance. Instead, he stored it up and hoarded all for himself. Since he was greedy not only did he lose all that he possessed when he died, he lost his soul. Jesus concluded that story by saying, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Lk 12:20).
Jesus knew that most looked upon the rich as those who had the most to give to the church and the poor had little to offer. Yet, in the Lord’s eyes, the opposite was true. James wrote, “For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors” (Jam 2:2-10).
We are being taught about giving in the story of the widow’s mite, but we learn more than that, we learn how to give our best when it comes to the church. Brethren, it is not about the amount of money you give to the service of the Lord, but rather the mindset you have when you give. Some give that they might have the preeminence over the church. Some give to be seen of men. Others give that they might look great in their community. Seriously, God doesn’t need your money to preach the Word. Every congregation in the world has an abundance of men who are willing to preach the Word for free. Churches don’t need expensive buildings in which to meet, for there are many who are willing to give place for the church to meet for free. Yet, like Israel who wanted a king instead of a prophet of God to lead them, so the churches want to be like the world and have expensive preachers and buildings. Brethren, we all need to ask ourselves, are we like the world or are we like the widow?