Should We Give More Than We Should?
One day at temple, Jesus notices a widow woman who makes an offering of her entire income: two dollars. He applauds her offering and declares that it was more than the rich were giving because it was such a sacrifice for her. But was it really a good idea for her to give so much? Does Jesus expect us to give away everything we have?
Mark 12:38-44 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus Denounces the Scribes
38 As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40 They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
The Widow’s Offering
41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43 Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”