Mark 12:41-43

We don’t like it when Jesus watches how and what we give.  But He does.

And this story demonstrates that He can also see through our actions to our agendas.

It is fascinating to me that the rich people are described as throwing their money into the temple treasury, and the poor widow is described as putting in her two coins.

I can almost see the seemingly nonchalant way that the wealthy were tossing their money into the collection for all the world to see.  Apparently giving away their money wasn’t such a big deal.

But then I see a woman, probably frail from lack of food and overwhelming stress.  No one pays any attention to her.  She slowly walks up to the temple treasury and silently drops two coins into it.  One by one they fall out of her grasp, never to be used by her again.  They would have mattered in her household economy. 

But she gave them up.

And her God knew the depth of her sacrifice, even if no one else noticed.

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.”  (Mark 12:43, The Message)

I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.  (II Samuel 24:24)

Lord, whatever you ask us to give of our resources, our wills, and ourselves, help us to trust that you have not overlooked the cost to us.  And help us to remember that you set us an example by purchasing our salvation at the greatest cost to yourself.  You are so worthy of our praise.