And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Mark 12:
A few years ago Gail was able to go the Israel with our oldest daughter and her husband. One of the things Gail brought back was a money clip with a widow’s mite on it. It is a tiny copper coin smaller than a dime and not really very pretty. It was the coin of the poor. I would imagine it was treated much as we treat pennies today, a nuisance more than a currency, something the through into a jar or a drawer.
When I look at this coin I am reminded of the time when I would put a five or maybe a twenty in the collection plate and think I had done something. Yet those small amounts were nothing to me. Then about 16 years ago Gail and I decided to start tithing. We started increasing our offering each week and in less than a year we were giving at least 10% of our income to the church. Sometimes it was tough to part with the money. Unexpected car or house repairs, maybe something the kids needed, there was always something to spend our money on.
The funny thing is once you start, there is always enough money to meet the needs and quickly it cheeses to be a burden and become a privilege. I think that tithing changes your attitude about money. You cease to see it as your money and realize that it was God’s money all along. God does not need out money, He does not need anything. He wants us to join Him in building the kingdom. One way to do this is through our offerings.
God does not care about the size of the offering; He cares about the heart of the giver. All of the people that were making a show if the money they put into the temple offering box did not impress Jesus. Only the widow impressed Jesus because she gave with her heart and she gave everything she had.
Have a blessed day,