TEXT: MARK 12:35-44
Key verse: “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).
In recent years, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have been at the head of an unusual campaign. These two men who rank among the richest people in the world are pushing to get the world’s super-rich to donate a good part of their wealth to tackle social, political and economic challenges in the world. They themselves have given and are committed to giving more through their foundations, in support of some worthy projects around the world.
Commendably, over 40 billionaires and multimillionaires have joined this mega-giving wagon. The big givers’ details can be found in the World’s Top Givers list which is reviewed annually.
Were such list to have been compiled at the time Christ was on earth, the name of the widow woman in today’s text would never have featured. After warning the people about the ignorant and hypocritical Scribes, Christ watched as the people gave money into the treasury. The rich people gave out of their abundance and, perhaps, prided themselves as best givers. But Christ noticed this poor widow throw in two mites and adjudged her the best giver.
The greatness of her gift did not consist in the value of the money she gave, but in the sincerity and sacrifice that went with it. Others gave out of their surplus; she gave out of her poverty. Others gave normally; she gave out of faith for she gave all her living. Others gave from a sense of obligation; she gave out of love. Although it is not revealed what became of her, it is certain that, in addition to the eternal commendation she got from the Lord, she did not die of
God is interested in our giving, especially towards the furtherance of the gospel and expansion of His kingdom on earth. In this connection, we are expected to give our money, talent and time. The Lord still observes how we give (our motive and attitude) as well as how much we give in proportion to our means.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God measures the quality of our giving by how much we keep back.