And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
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.”
by: Sheri Rood.
The widow Jesus observed that day did not come for a handout or to be commended for her sacrifice. For all we know, she was unaware that Jesus was watching her and that she would become an object lesson for giving for the rest of time. God’s economy is the opposite of the world’s economy. The world’s economy is temporary, God’s is eternal. In God’s economy we only really keep what we give away. There are righteous and godly rich people, like Abraham, who was willing to give God his own precious son, and righteous and godly poor people, like this widow, who gave her last cent. God loves a pure and generous heart.