And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: Mark 12:41-43
One thing you should start to understand from Jesus’ teachings, is that our relationship with God is about our heart. That is why the Proverb says “Guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverb 4:23) When the Bible talks about the Heart, its not talking about the physical organ in our body, its talking about the center core of our being.
Here we see a poor old widow, who has basically nothing in this world physically, but she gave all that she had to God. Why? Because she understands that money and possessions are not going to save your soul. As Jesus said “What does it profit you to gain the whole world and lose your soul”? (Mark 8:36) This widow was poor by Earthly standards, but was rich by Gods standards
Jesus was very impressed with the widow’s faith to give all she had to God, and rely on God to supply her needs. Remember a widow back in this time, couldn’t get a job. Women in the first century were reliant upon a husband or family member to provide for them. By this widow giving all she had, she could potentially starve to death and be homeless. How many of us demonstrate this faith to God?
For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. Mark 12:44
While all the religious men lined up to give their tithe, to demonstrate to people how honorable they were, Jesus was not impressed. Why? Because these men didn’t love God with all their heart, mind, and soul. They were just checking off another box on their list. This widow loved God more than she loved her own life. She gave it all to him, and it pleased The Lord so well he esteemed her higher than all the religious men in the synagogue.
Who holds your heart? What do you love so much that you could never give it away to God? Anything we put ahead of God is idolatry. To gain the world will only be temporary, but the Kingdom of God is eternal Amen!