“Jesus called his disciples over and said, ‘The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford – she gave her all’”.
Mk 12:43, 44 EHP
The giving of the simple woman and the significance that Jesus attached to it give much food for thought to Christian disciples about their own giving. The apostle Paul reflected on the self-giving of Christ himself. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ”, he wrote, “that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor 8:9 NIV). “That was Christ’s attitude. Not surprising that it rubbed off on his followers. It still does. I think of a schoolboy who loved the Lord and gave up eight rands out of his weekly ten rands pocket money for Christian work. I think of a carpenter who had found Christ and pressed a five-pound note into my hand at Christmas time shortly after his conversion. ‘Use it for the poor,’ he said. I think of an able young architectural student who celebrated his discovery of Christ by giving up his compulsive smoking and sending me a cheque to use in Christian work with the money he thereby saved. Giving comes naturally to the heart that has responded to the giving of God … Ordinary Christians who have found Christ give to Christ” (M. Green, New Life, New Lifestyle, p83).
Giving is a disposition of the heart and a heart on fire for Jesus Christ flames with love. Giving money is an expression of that love – whether it’s the heart of a poor widow or a millionaire.
Lord, make me generous in all things.