And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”Mark 12:41–44
When I was little I didn’t have a job, shocker I know. Not having an income makes it really hard to buy gifts for you family at Christmas. So my parents, not having a lot of money to give me to buy gifts for them, taught me to make things. Each year my mom and I would sit down and come up with something I could make for my dad. One year I took an old frozen orange juice can and stuck macaroni all over it, then spray painted it with gold paint and voilà, a pencil holder for my dad’s desk was born. I enjoyed these giving crafts and making them taught me a valuable lesson on giving: faithfully giving doesn’t mean your gift has to be as expensive as someone else’s gift, it means that you give all that you can in order to show how much you love another. As a child, all that I could give was my time and my creativity, and that’s what I gave. I gave it 100%, and it showed on my father’s face when he opened my package.
Sometimes we can be afraid to give because what we give isn’t enough. “When I have more, then I’ll give,” we tell ourselves, but God isn’t asking you to wait to give, He is asking you to give from what He has given you today. When you are faithful with the small things, He will then entrust you with greater things. When the widow gave her penny, her measly mite, others looked on with scoffing, but Jesus saw others giving a fraction of themselves while she gave all that she had. God doesn’t need your money. But because we treasure it so deeply, He simply asks for you to give from what you’ve been given, to show that you trust Him as the giver to be faithful to you in return.
Questions to ponder
How do you feel about giving your stuff, money, time away?
What has God given you that would really be hard for you to give away? Think about that possibility and see if you can get to the point, within your heart, that you can surrender that possibility back to God.
Find something today that you love and consider offering it to someone who needs it more.