Jesus sees your heart
Mark 12:41-44 – Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out their wealth but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.”
Imagine Jesus sitting at church by the offering buckets, watching as people threw in their offerings. You’d feel at least a bit of pressure, right? I’m sure that’s how all of those people felt – particularly the rich. They probably saw this moment as a time to really show off to Jesus, to stand out to Him. So the rich dug deep and threw out large amounts of their wealth.
But this poor widow, I’m sure she felt embarrassed. She had pretty much nothing, and Jesus was about to see what a tiny, petty amount she was going to throw into the offering bucket. It would have been easier for her to walk away, leave the church unseen and unnoticed.
The amazing thing is that she didn’t. This part makes me think that she really, truly believed Jesus was her provider and protector. She had faith big enough to trust that Jesus would perform a miracle with the little money that she had to offer. Her heart was beating for Jesus.
Jesus sees the condition of your heart. He sees the size of your faith when you give up your time to serve on a Sunday in church. He sees the sacrifice and the trust when you place your money into the church offering bucket. He sees your heart when you help others and shine His light.
He knows when you’re giving everything you have to honour and trust in Him. Just like with this poor widow, He will recognise it and it won’t go unnoticed.