In the Lord’s eyes, a poor widow had given more than all the others put together, although her gift was by far the smallest. She had given all she had to live on, in contrast to the way most of us handle our money.

When we consider giving a certain percentage of our income a great accomplishment, we resemble those who had given “what they didn’t need.” Here, Jesus was admiring generous and sacrificial giving. Not only was she poor; as a widow she had few resources for making money. Her small gift was a sacrifice, but she gave it willingly.

As believers, we should consider increasing our giving—whether of money, time, or talents—to a point beyond convenience or safety.

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