"Looking up, [Jesus] saw the rich people putting their gifts into the treasury.
2 And He saw also a poor widow putting in two mites (copper coins).
3 And He said, Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them;
4 For they all gave out of their abundance (their surplus); but she has contributed out of her lack and her want, putting in all that she had on which to live." (Luke 21: 1-4)
The Lord’s economy is certainly different than ours. He says her little is much stating that “she gave more” than all of the others.
By what standard did He measure her gift?
Often we reason that because our gift may be small it must be insignificant. Possibly even concluding it is not worthy of giving and won’t make much of a difference. But Jesus revealing the heart of the Father places a high value not on the size of the dollar amount but the size of the heart from which it came.
What makes the difference?
This question is answered in the fact that a needy woman gave all that she had to live-on. Her gift was not an attempt to appease God or earn His favor but rather was a demonstration of her trust in God. Faith is what pleases God not sacrifice! It is her faith that is being honored. This is the standard by which our gift is measured. God loves a cheerful giver. Cheerfulness that is flowing from a heart that is tenderly trusting in the Lord who can make much of our little.
Father help us to be motivated by faith in our giving not surplus or sacrifice. May all of our gifts be a demonstration of our trust in Your goodness and faithfulness. In the name of Jesus Your greatest gift of love! Amen!!
"The greatest gift of all is to become the blessing" -Ann Voskemp