- 1 Kings 17:15-16
- 2 Corinthians 9:7
- Hebrews 13:16
- Luke 21:2
- Luke 21:4
- Luke 6:38
- Mark 12:41
Mark 12:41 - 44 (NASB) 41 And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.
- Luke 21:2 - And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins.
43 Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;
44 for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
MMM: “Men see what is given, but God sees what is left, and by that He measures the gift and the condition of our hearts.” Luke 6:38 (NLT) 38Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
- Luke 21:4 - for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”
- “Men see what is given, but God sees what is left, and by that He measures the gift and the condition of our hearts.” Luke 6:38 (NLT) 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full— pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
“God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7), and He is faithful to take care of His own. Her small gift was a sacrifice, but she gave it willingly. The widow’s mite” does not represent the least we can give, but the most, our very all.
Just as God provided for the widow and her son in Elijah’s day (1 Kings 17:15–16), God also provided for the widow in Jesus’ day. Both were obedient to the word of God.
16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.
Hebrews 13:16 (NLT) Pride of living and pride of giving are sins we must avoid at all cost.
When you give, remember that gifts of any size are pleasing to God when they are given out of gratitude and a spirit of generosity. Believers should consider increasing their giving—whether of money, time, or talents—to a point beyond convenience or comfort. When it comes to our giving, God sees more than the portion; He also sees the proportion.
Be a Berean “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 17:11