Mark 12:41-44 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Jesus is not impressed by the amount that we give, what gets his attention is the sacrifice we make in giving. Isn’t it interesting that the much giving of the rich men referred to in Mark 12:41-44 never caught the attention of Jesus. Sadly however, their much giving would have caused them to be seen by men. It serves as a reminder that the focus of our giving should never be to be seen by men but to get the attention of God. The poor widow did just that. When she gave immediately Jesus called his disciples to observe what she did.
The purpose of the exercise was to provide to them a good example as to what their approach to giving should be. The poor widow gave to God all that she had, which was her two mites, without knowing where fresh provision would come from. Not only was her giving sacrificial, it was also an act of faith that pleased God. As a result, Jesus said of her giving that she hath cast more in the treasury, than all the others: they gave a greater nominal amount but her sacrifice was far greater.
What has been your approach to giving? Is it normally sacrificial? A common reason we don’t give back to God sacrificially is because of a fear that giving to God will cause what we already have to diminish. But that thinking is contrary to the word of God. His word says in Luke 6:38 “give and it shall be given back to you pressed down and running over”. What that means is that giving to God will always result in increase, not decrease.
Dr. Mike Murdock shared his own story that he gave a sacrificial offering of US$1,000 to the Lord, which was well beyond his means at the time. Within a week of that, God sent 3 persons to bless him, one with a new car, another with a van for his ministry and a third with US$10,000. His experience is an example of what happens when your giving attracts the attention of God. It does not mean your experience with giving sacrificially will play out the same way like his, but one thing is certain God is faithful to his words. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).
Make it a habit to give God a sacrificial offering each pay cycle by seeking his direction as to what you should give.
Lord, I commit to giving sacrificially to you. Your word declares that we should give and it will be given back to us. So, even out of little, I will give my best to you. In Jesus name, amen.