41 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43 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; 44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”Mark 12:41–44 (NKJV)
This is an interesting passage because it deals with our motivation for giving. God does watch the intent of our hearts. Giving is not about money. It’s about completely trusting God for everything that one’s needs for living life.
Money affects everyone. It’s affect on me manifests as freely giving when I don’t have anything to give and hoarding when I have money set aside. For me personally it’s always been a difficult balance. This passage reminds me that God is interested in all aspects of my life. When it comes to money, He is watching “how” I give the money that I give. My ability to give money faithfully and joyfully when prompted has a lot to do with the level of trust I have in God.
Father, help me to not be stingy in my giving. Remind me that Your example of giving was to teach me and to motivate me into being a cheerful giver. I have trusted you to forgive my sins which is a BIG deal. Because of that trust, I have confidence that I can trust You in everything.