One day Jesus sat down beside the offering chest in the temple and watched how much each person put in. Imagine if your pastor would do that! We would say: That is none of his business. But Jesus was not embarrassed as He watched what happened. At the end of the day He concluded: Nearly everyone gave from their abundance, except for the widow. She gave everything she had. It was only a few coins, but Jesus looked at her heart and knew that she had given everything.
Do you know what touches me most in this story? Jesus did not say to the widow: “Oh, you poor thing. Now you have nothing left. Here, here are your coins”. No! Jesus knew what a blessing it could be to give. If we give to God what we have, then He can make more of what we have entrusted to Him.
There is another story like this in the Bible, another widow who lived in the time of Elijah. There was a great famine in the land and that is why God sent the prophet to this widow. When Elijah asked her for some water, she answered: “I am sorry, I have nothing. I am gathering some wood to make a fire and bake some bread for my son and myself, and after that we will die of starvation”. Elijah’s response was actually quite bizarre. He said: “I understand, but can you first bake some bread for me?”
God did not have a problem with asking the woman to give what little she had. But the woman did give it and afterwards God performed a miracle. She was never short again!
God will never deceive you. Even when you only have a little to give, God will look at your heart. Step into God’s system of giving and receiving. You can never outgive God. His heart burns with desire to add to what you have entrusted into his hands.
“Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.”