Jesus was watching as the crowd put its money into the temple treasury. Many rich people tossed in big amounts. But a poor widow came and put in only two very small coins worth about a fourth of a penny.
Jesus called his disciples to him and said:
Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything — all she had to live on.
(Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4)
Jesus had just finished pronouncing seven woes on the hypocritical religious leaders. He called them “blind guides” who were “full of greed and self-indulgence” and “devoured widow’s houses.”
In stark contrast to those supposed leaders of the faith was this poor widow. On the surface, she seemed to give virtually nothing. But Jesus saw the truth. The rich gave out of their abundance and held back enough to live on. She gave all she had and trusted God to meet her needs.
Everything we have belongs to God. If we recognize that simple fact and reeeeeally believe and trust him deeeeep in our ♥s maybe we’ll act more like this humble widow praised by Jesus and less like the proud leaders condemned by him.
Jesus told us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Trust that God will provide and don’t be afraid to give generously. As Jesus also said: “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).
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