“Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, ‘Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on’” (Mark 12:43-44).

Jesus considers the offering of the widow to be a significant object lesson for the disciples and their understanding of the Kingdom of God; of what real faith looks like in contrast to self-aggrandizing, and self-satisfied institutional religion. The seemingly generous gift of the rich may have impressed the crowd that day, but it’s the sacrificial gift of the impoverished that has been preserved for posterity, and for 2000 years has inspired the church to levels of giving that have multiplied exponentially her faithful expression of trust in God’s provision.

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