Mark 12: 43-44 Calling the disciples to Him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-all she had to live on.”
Written by: Shannon Swenson
Why do people get so weirded out when we talk about money in church? Perhaps it is because we think the one place we have control in our life is how we do or do not spend “our” money. Maybe the truth is the money has control over us and we have been mismanaging it or have our priorities backwards.
I remember times before I knew Jesus, and even when I was a young Christian and a single mom, I did all I could do just to keep a roof over our heads. It was really difficult for me to want to give even $5 back to God because I might need it for groceries, utilities, gas, or something else. It was a huge faith step for me to trust God with what felt like all I had.
Jesus reminds us it really isn’t about the amount. It’s purely a matter of the heart. He commands us in giving in faith. He sees beyond what man can see and doesn’t overlook what man overlooks. It isn’t about the size of our gift. It is about the size of our faith.
The widow gave sacrificially, and what she gave was literally pennies. She gave when it hurt. It is when we can least “afford” to give that God values our gift the most. That doesn’t take away from those who are financially able to give more because they have more. He honors that, too. It is all about the heart.
The truth is it takes more faith to live on $9 a day than $900 a day. And so, it is not so much about what we give, but what we keep. In the widow’s case, she kept zero and trusted that God would supply her every need according to His riches. (Philippians 4:19)
Trusting God with my finances is not about logic, reason, or rationality. It is about faith. Maybe you can relate to not feeling like you are in a position to give or tithe. Maybe you feel like what you have is so little to offer a God who deserves our best gifts. What matters most is your desire to be obedient, not the size of the gift.
Have you ever seen the excitement in a child when they save their pennies to bring to put in the offering or to put toward their goal at summer camp? That is the same kind of excitement and joy God feels when we trust Him with as little or as much as He has given us. If He has our heart, then we can trust He will provide and also multiply our gifts to help others meet, know, and follow Him. After all, He did feed thousands with two fish and five loaves of bread.
Prayer: Father God, I humbly ask for Your forgiveness for being stingy or withholding that which You have provided me. Help me today to step out in faith, change my heart, and help me to trust You in all areas of my life. May You be glorified and praised for Your provision and ability to multiply. In Jesus’ name, amen.