“And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which made a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.’” – Mark 12:41-44
We as sinful, fallen people tend to look at people in the church community and lift up wealthy people who give a lot in high esteem, even above those who are poor who also give back to God. We look at the wealthier people and start thinking of how much their offering will help in achieving the goals of the church while ignoring the contribution of the poorer members. Thank God for the fact that he is far above us and sees the hearts of the people. Jesus did not look at the richer people giving money (out of their surplus) while ignoring the poor widow who gave all she had. Jesus said that she had put in “more than all those who [were] contributing to the offering box.” The widow joyfully (not begrudgingly) sacrificed all that she had to God which caused Jesus (who is God) to say that she had put in more than the others. Christian, remember that our lives are not about how much we give in comparison to others but instead how much we give out of what we have out of joy. It is all about our hearts (Luke 6:45).
What do we joyfully sacrifice in our Christian lives? Joyful sacrifice is pleasing to God because we display through our actions, the desires of our hearts. We sacrifice desires of the flesh (Romans 6:6-7), our bodies (Romans 12:1), our comforts (Romans 5:3-5), the boasting of ourselves (Jeremiah 9:24), and much more by the grace of our God.
By His grace.