Scripture reading for April 1st: Luke 21
“As He looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you the truth,” He said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4)
Many people wonder if God knows about their giving. But I find it interesting that Jesus was watching people put their money into the offering box. He does know what we give and our motives for giving.
As Jesus watched, He offered some insight about those who gave that day. He saw the rich giving out of their wealth. It was not bad that they were giving and Jesus never condemned them for doing that. But whatever the amount they gave, they still had plenty left over to live on. They really did not need to have ‘faith’ that God would meet their needs. As a percentage, it may have been ten percent or more, but the ninety percent that they had left was left for their use.
Jesus then noted the poor widow who came and placed two small copper coins in the offering. He marveled at her generosity, knowing that she had just given all she had to honor the Lord. His estimate was that she had given more than all the rest! They had give out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty and desperate need for God’s supply.
God’s eyes are on our giving and He keeps careful records. He always honors faith! Some give out of abundance, others out of need and in faith. Which are you?