Today’s Reading: Mark 12:41-44
I absolutely love this portion of Scripture. First, I can imagine people being a little caught off guard as Jesus watched them put their money in the offering. After all, isn’t giving supposed to be done in secret? Second, Jesus’ outlook on giving is an indicator that He is not after our money but our heart. Jesus does not seek to see what He can get out of us financially, however He does desire to have our whole heart. Jesus desires that we give everything that we have and withhold nothing from Him. This is why this woman’s gift was worthy of Jesus taking a few moments to comment on it. Jesus words here say it all. “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything–all she had to live on.”
With this statement, Jesus challenges us to give Him everything that we have…to withhold nothing from Him. Jesus withheld nothing from us and seeks for His followers to do the same. He wants us to live incredibly open-handed so that He can use us to do incredible things in our world. While Jesus doesn’t need money to do His work…He does need followers who hold loosely to their physical possessions in order to gain incredible eternal possessions.
A good question for us to reflect on is, what am I withholding from God? What do I need to do to ensure that He has my whole heart?