The widow with two mites (Mark 12:41-44) Luke 21: 1-4) has given us one of the most meaningful short stories in the Bible. During the last week of Jesus' life on earth, this poor woman entered the Court of the Women in the Temple at Jerusalem and cast into the chest there her two mites, hardly enough to buy a loaf of bread I imagine.
Streams of visitors were in the Holy City through the seven days of the great annual Feast of the Jews, and this woman would have passed unnoticed, but devotion like hers could not excape Jesus' notice. Her sacrifice appealed to Him, and He preserved her story to teh safekeeping of His praise. Both Mark and Luke relate it.
Luke tells that in praising her generosity Jesus said, Lu 21:3-4 " And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. ".
The cash value of her gift compared to the gifts of the wealthy was hardly enough to notice, but the devotion behind it was another matter. That devotion, beginning there and spreading throughout the world, has built hospitals, and helped the needy, fed the hungry and encouraged the imprisoned. Today the world knows more about the poor widow than about the richest man in Jerusalem in her day. What a glorious thing! What an honor. And important to note here is that she didnt give with any fan fare. She simply gave out of her heart.
And here we sit with our wallets closed tightly when the offering plate is passed! This sweet lady, who had no husband that was going to replenish the "money pot" gave with a pure heart with a burden to see the work of God go on. She had enough faith in the Lord that even if she gave all, He would provide for her in all things. How often have we missed out on being a blessing to someone? We have such a great opportunity with our leftover grocery money, that $5 bill stuck in the back of your purse? It can mean an entire meal for a missionary family! Remember, if we let go and let God, He will provide.