“A poor widow put in two very small copper coins.”
Some Christians bring their offerings to church just to show off their wealth.
They want everyone to think their spirituality is tied to their wealth. So they give to bring honor to themselves, not to the God who made their wealth possible in the first place.
And unfortunately some pastors encourage this type of behavior by offering special prayers to those who give more.
But Jesus noticed something going on at the temple treasury. He saw the true spirit of giving…and He also saw the opposite.
So He pointed out the quiet giving of a woman who offered all that she had to live on.
Though we don’t know her name, we know that she gave because she was devoted to God.
It’s not about the amount of money we give to the Lord for use in His kingdom. Neither is it about letting everyone know who gave the generous gift by putting our name on it.
It’s about our total dependence on God and recognizing that it is all His.
He knows our hearts…and our names…so there is no need for the philanthropic graffiti.
Dear Lord, I know I cannot fool You about anything, especially my giving. May I give with a heart that depends on You alone and not on the thought of my name on a plaque. Amen.