SCRIPTURE: Luke 21: Verse 2
In the Temple there were thirteen (13) treasuries or chests that were placed at the door for the collection of different offerings. One of the chest was for the collection of the Freewill Offering. No one was obliged to cast any offering in that treasury. It was a voluntary gift made by the worshippers for the support and maintenance of the Temple.
After preaching in the Temple, Jesus sat at the door and looked at the worshippers: young and old, rich and poor, people of all classes and ranks casting money into the treasury. Jesus observed a poor widow. She had no husband to provide for her and she was not well-to- do. All of her possessions consisted of two (2) cents.
As Jesus sat looking at the casting of the offerings in the chest, the wealthy deposited handfuls of dollars and not cents. The rich came and gave out of the abundance of their riches. They were concerned about the quantity of monies they had contributed but not about the value of their offering.
They gave to make a big impression on others. They donated to attract attention and to be seen of the worshippers. They gave only a small portion of their bounty. Their motive for giving was all of vanity: self-interest to further their ambition, to bolster their popularity and to gain power. They did not give through love, kindness, charity or the desire to please God.
As the poor widow approached the treasury, Jesus called his disciples and they observed her cast the two cents in the chest. Jesus took special notice of the act of the widow. The widow casted all of her livelihood, her whole substance in the treasury. There was nothing left to buy food for the next day. She donated all and trusted in the providence of God to provide for her maintenance.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4: 19)
The widow gave sacrificially out of her want and poverty. She casted more than the rich because she gave her all and the rich gave only a small portion of their wealth. The widow’s two cents were more in proportion to what the rich casted in. Her gift was more in the account of God and He was pleased of her sacrifice.