Jesus says that the poor widow put in “more” than those who put large sums of money in. Clearly, her two small copper coins were not worth more on the accounting ledger. However, the fact that Jesus says she put in “more” teaches us that (1) God evaluates our offering not based on how much it moves the bottom line, but on how much it moves our heart; (2) You don’t have to give large sums to be a large giver – the heart of the giver is what defines the gift – motives, dependence, gratitude and gratefulness; and (3) Our concept of what an “influential” person is may not be same as God’s. How many millions of people have been challenged over the years by this poor widow and her two small copper coins?
Pretty challenging stuff, huh?