Today’s Scripture: And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: Luke 21:2‑3
Giving is a touchy subject. We know God wants us to give at least a tithe. Many times, God wants us to give even more than a tithe. Sometimes we can be tempted not to tithe because we don’t make enough to make any difference. For instance, if you make ten dollars doing a favor for someone, what difference is that dollar tithe going to make in any church budget? If it doesn’t help with the bills, why bother giving it?
As we have seen the last few days, God delights in using small things. One example from the Bible is a very small offering given by a very poor widow. Those two mites’ value was way less than a penny. Why would she bother giving if the gift didn’t help to pay the Temple expenses one bit?
However, Jesus said she gave more than all of the rich men who gave to the Temple. She literally gave everything she had. God used her sacrifice for His glory. In fact, God used her two mites more than the gifts given by the rich men. The rich men were not wrong to give large amounts of money to God. However, God stretched the widow’s mite farther than their gifts because she sacrificed more.
How? He preserved her gift in His Word. She has been an example that has influenced millions of people to give sacrificially to God’s work throughout the ages. Those two mites have done more for the cause of Christ than possibly any other monetary gift in history!
God delights in using small things, including small offerings. Give sacrificially.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.