Read Mark 12:38-44.
Jesus has a very different perspective and view of things than we naturally would have. By reading God’s Word, we’re able to better understand what He thinks of things and how we should think of them too. We need to see things from Jesus’ perspective in order to act as He would act.
Here we have Jesus showing us two different situations and the truth about them. First, He brings up the teachers of the law. These were the religious elite, the “best of the best,” the ones everyone respected and looked up to. Their job was to work and teach at the temple, and they were greatly honored by the people for their high position at the temple and in Jewish culture as a whole. They were used to being treated very well.
But Jesus knew their hearts: they didn’t care about God as much as they cared about themselves. They believed they deserved all this respect and honor, and they were very proud. They cared about how they could be advanced rather than God. Many people today do seemingly good things in order to get attention and respect instead of to honor and obey God. It can seem like we deserve to be treated well when we act well, but that should never be our motive. We need to do what God wants us to do from a humble servant’s heart, which is highly valuable to God. We shouldn’t want anything in return from others for doing good. “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (James 4:6).
Then Jesus went over near the temple treasury and just watched the people putting their offerings in. We can learn a lot about people by simply watching them. Jesus watched many rich people put their large offerings in. All this money could be used for so many things, not to mention it was also a large offering to God. But then a poor widow came up and put two small, copper coins in that were worth only a few cents. This offering was so small it seemed insignificant, like there wouldn’t be much difference if it weren’t there. But Jesus assures there would be a big difference.
The importance of the widow’s offering has nothing to do with how much of an impact it could have or how big it is compared to the offerings of others. The importance of it comes from how much it cost the widow and how she gave it. This was all she had to live on, so the cost of these seemingly worthless coins was very high. And she gave them to God with a willing heart. The same is true with anything we give God. A very wealthy person could give a million dollars as an offering, but it still wouldn’t cost as much as three dollars from a very poor child. Whether we give of our time, resources, finances, abilities, skills or anything, the greatest offering will come from where it is hardest for us to give. We also need to give with a willing heart, as the Bible says, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Jesus knows what truly matters and what truly doesn’t, and we need to learn this from Him. Ultimately, it’s all about God. Worship, life, love, and everything else is all about God and not about us. We know this objectively, but do we truly believe it? What we believe dictates how we live and what we do. Does your life reflect that God is all that matters, or does it tell you that, deep down, you’re far more concerned about yourself? Be honest with God about it and let Him show you the truth.
Father, thank You that it’s truly all about You! Thank You that we can live for You alone and not worry about anything else! Please help us live believing that it is all about You and not us! Please guide us in seeing things through Your eyes, Jesus. Please show us how we can live every moment for You, and please help us do it no matter how hard it is. In Your Name i pray Lord Jesus. Yes Lord, You are all we need and Your way is best! Hallelujah! My heart is Yours! Amen.