Mark 12:41-44 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: 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.
I was reading this the other day and realized something – when Jesus was watching people put their money into the treasury, He wasn’t just watching the people ~~ He was watching HOW they cast in their money.
The rich people were just casting in their money. It probably wasn’t a major sacrifice because they were rich…they were just giving of their abundance. But that wasn’t the cast the poor widow.
We can learn so much from this lady! While the rich were tossing their money in because they felt they had to, Jesus said the poor woman gave more than all of the others. This was because she gave from her heart. Her heart was in the right place.
Giving ~ just like everything else we do ~ is supposed to be a gift from the heart. If someone gives you a GIFT it's not because they have to, but it's because they WANT to. That is the kinds of gifts God wants us to give. He wants us to give from our hearts, in everything we do.
My prayer for each of us today is that we are all giving from our hearts – not out of obligation or duty, but truly out of love and desire.