Mark 12:41-44 Amplified Bible
41 And He sat down opposite the treasury and saw how the crowd was casting money into the treasury. Many rich [people] were throwing in large sums.
42 And a widow who was poverty-stricken came and put in two copper mites [the smallest of coins], which together make [a] half of a cent.
43 And He called His disciples [to Him] and said to them, Truly and surely I tell you, this widow, [she who is] poverty-stricken, has put in more than all those contributing to the treasury.
44 For they all threw in out of their abundance; but she, out of her deep poverty, has put in everything that she had—[even] all she had on which to live.
In verse 42- a poverty stricken widow came and put two copper coins in the treasury. She probably felt a little intimidated as she watched all the rich rulers walking around dropping huge amounts into the offering. She looked down at her two coins (mites). They were very small (the smallest) copper coins. The least valuable, about a ½ penny. Only the poorest could get away with giving a copper coin. Most were required to give silver coins.
When this little widow decided to give she was deciding to trust God no matter what. She was going to give everything that she had, even though she would have nothing left to live on. That was definitely an act of faith to give it ALL. It also required her to step out of her comfort zone and give in front of the rich rulers.
The rulers were giving but their motives were all wrong. They were giving to be seen of man. Jesus wasnt moved by their giving or the huge amounts. He looks on the heart. It was that quiet, sacrificial small gift the widow gave that impressed Jesus. The little widow gave selfishly and whole heartedly. She wasn’t seeking man’s approval or praise.
She probably did question herself as she looked down at her small coins. Wondering if she should give them or should she just forget it. She already felt like an outcast because widows were often overlooked by man. It was hard enough being a poor widow but then to think about giving her small offering in front of the ones that intimidated her. The ones that looked like they had it all together. They always seemed to say the right things and give the right offerings.
BUT, what she gave was of a greater value because she gave from her heart. She had to decide what to do and she made the right choice. I think she realized this was bigger than anything she could imagine.It was more than what she could see in the natural. She realized at that moment that she had a purpose and a part in this. She didn’t let fear or intimidation stop her from doing what she knew in her heart to do.
v. 43-44 Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, truly and surely I tell you, this widow, has put in more than all those contributing to the treasury. For they all threw in out of their abundance, but she, gave out of her deep poverty.
Know this: There is always a purpose and a plan for your little part – whatever that part may be! You do have something to give. Dig deep and you will find it. It doesn’t matter how small or insignificant it may seem to you. Step out in faith to bring your offering!
What is it that you have to give?