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.”
Tuesday was a long day for Jesus. It began with the disciples noticing the Fig tree being dead. They understood the power He had over nature.
After cleansing the temple on Monday Jesus was able to sit and talk with those inside. Many chapters of the gospels account for Tuesday of Passion Week. Jesus spoke many parables, gave the 7 “woes” directed toward the Pharisees, and taught about the kingdom of heaven.
Part of Tuesday’s teaching, Jesus sat and watched how people were giving their money. He noticed the rich putting in according to their abundance but also noticed the widow give all she had. Jesus said she put in more.
Obviously Jesus wasn’t referring to the amount of money she gave but rather He noticed how she gave. The rich give wanting to be noticed but this poor widow gave with faith in God. She trusted God would provide for her.
Widows were not always taken care of by the religious leaders. They would take advantage of them. But this special widow was proof that she put her trust in God.
What does your giving, tithing, or offerings speak about you? Your generosity reflects your view of God. If you fully trust that God will provide then you will have no issues of giving unto the Lord with a cheerful heart.
Lord, help me to trust You in all circumstances. Teach me to be generous and to look out for the needs of others instead of storing treasures here in earth.