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Feb 2, 2011

The Widow And Her Mite (Might)

"And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."  ~ Mark 12:41-44
Jesus sat by the treasury to observe the offerings. He knew how connected our hearts are to money and he knew he could judge the condition of our heart and our commitment to God through our use of and attitude to money. People gave very impressive offerings, stupendous amounts that would make anyone go ‘wow’. 

But Jesus wasn’t impressed until this widow came in and dropped two very small copper coins (The message bible called it ‘a measly two cents’). It wasn’t just the copper coins that got our Lord’s attention, it was the woman herself. The message bible puts it in better light when it says: “All the others gave what they'll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn't afford.”

I shivered when I read more about her:

1. She was a widow. She had no income or source of sustenance thus she had the perfect excuse not to give. (The amp bible states that she was ‘poverty stricken’)

2. She loved God. We don’t know if she knew about Jesus but she was definitely a daughter of Abraham who loved the God of the Old Testament and obeyed His commandments.

3. She was a powerful giver. She didn't give just anything; she gave her all without any regrets, doubts, cold-feet or fear of the future. She gave unreservedly. She gave out of her need. She gave sacrificially.

4. She trusted God to take care of her needs when she gave her all.

5. She acknowledged God as her source.

6. She gave with the right heart.

7. She worshipped God with her substance.

Jesus was impressed with her and that’s why her acts were recorded for us to read and learn from. It’s never about the size of our offerings, how noble our titles are, how uppity our positions; it’s always about the sacrifice behind our giving, the sacrifice in what we do for God. God is not interested in our leftovers but our first fruits, our very best; the costly oil.

This singular act sets her aside as a woman of God, a woman of great might, a woman of worth and value.


  1. What I picked from here is the trusting God to take care of all my needs. Sometimes, I just want to have it all under control but I have learnt to trust God because nothing is really in my control. Thanks for inspiring me once again

  2. hi ya,
    'she gave her all and also gave with the right heart'.
    2 Corinthians 9:7 -'Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver'.

    *acknowledging God as my source* (ALWAYS n FOREVER)
    thanks for sharing

  3. Hi ilola, yes, God is always ALL SUFFICIENT. Thanks for commenting.
    Hi Rainyjoy. So spot on. It's the attitude and the sacrifice that cuts it. Thanks for the scripture.

  4. Definitely a worthy post...
    From the widows mite, I see
    Faith: She believed in the fact that God would give her more than a measly two cents. She practiced what it means to truly put all your eggs(2cents) in one (offering)basket, because you are confident in the fact that GOD is the greatest investment.

    Surrender: Her two cents to me, were an act of surrender, that God o, I have come to drop it all at your feet for you alone know tomorrow. If my hubby is gone or I have nothing to eat, I would know that you are here and would always be

    Thanks for the write up. This widow is always an inspiration. She shows that God is much greater that her mite, her might...and his value is far greater than her very last savings and worth her all.

  5. H, I love that; the act of 'Surrender' Wow, H, you just opened my eyes to see much more. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Thank you for this wonderful post. It really tugged at my heart..

    I have followed this blog. Do follow back


  7. Thanks for the comment, Berry. I'm glad it tugged at your heart. Following you back. :-)

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  9. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd

  10. Yes it's a heart thing, love it. You are always a blessing Maid of Heart.


  11. Thanks for visiting covnitkepr1 and Lloyd.
    Thanks Enyonam. Encouraged by your comment.

  12. .......She gave in secret, the all knowing one noticed and applauded her openly even before generations unborn.

  13. ...hmmmmm, you struck a nugget there, Koinonia.


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