It is a challenge to be content, to trust, to be obedient. The world tells us we need a bigger house, a better body, a higher title. It tells us we need recognition and to rise above everyone else. These are the attitude Jesus points out in the teachers of the law. They do much for show. Then He goes on to observe the offering box in the temple. Many with much come along and drop in their offering. He makes no judgment but only offers that it is easy for the wealthy to give out of their excess.
Then along comes the widow who puts in two small copper coins. “Such a tiny offering” the teachers of the law, the wealthy, and the disciples observe. We would have too. But then Jesus notes this is all she had to live on. All. Oh. What trust in God to do such a thing! True, but it is more. It is the joy of giving. It is sacrificing so another can have some. It is being obedient. Just imagine for a moment gathering all you have – all your money – and giving it to the church. All the money you had.
What would it have taken for this widow to do such a thing? What would it take for me? To be honest my faith is a long way from this widow’s. We may pray to the Spirit to guide us, but we have our limitations. There are things we hold back. This poor widow is a tough example to follow. But one worth striving to be more like. Make me a willing giver of all I have to offer Lord. Help me to abandon self for You.
Scripture reference: Mark 12: 38-44