The public ministry of Jesus Christ lasted three years, and the New Testament is filled with events from His life and His followers. So when something seemingly small and unimportant is mentioned twice in God’s Word, it is obviously no accident:
And he sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than all they that are casting into the treasury: for they all did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. (Mark 12:41-44)
And he looked up, and saw the rich men that were casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than they all: for all these did of their superfluity cast in unto the gifts; but she of her want did cast in all the living that she had. (Luke 21:1-4)
The Least Valuable Coins
It was customary for Jewish people to give to the Temple and to the poor as part of their service to God, so what the woman did was not unusual. However, as Jesus sat at the Temple and observed people putting money into the offering boxes, He saw the widow put in two of the smallest and least valuable pieces of money.
Who would be impressed with that?
Jesus was. He said that the woman had given more than any other that day, in comparison to the others, because it was all she had.
Think about it—the Son of God took time to point out the worth of a widow’s mite and what giving those two seemingly insignificant coins meant.
Nothing else is told about that woman. We don’t know what happened to her. She obviously was very needy. She undoubtedly needed something to eat, yet she now had no money left to purchase food.
We can only imagine what took place, but we know that the widows in the Old Testament who gave all they had to God’s work were rewarded beyond their wildest dreams.
We also know that the widow mentioned in both Mark 12 and Luke 21 attracted the attention of Jesus Christ who promised again and again to care for those who trusted in Him, saying, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
God’s Abundance, No Accident
Someday in heaven we will hear what happened next for that widow, but what we know now is that those who give all to Jesus Christ will be rewarded.
The best part is that our Lord rewards in unlimited and unexpected ways. He doesn’t just add, He multiplies!
Just as relatively few seeds can be turned into an abundant harvest, the widow’s two mites were undoubtedly also multiplied. That is why Jesus Christ mentioned specifically that her seed-gift was worth more than all the others. The potential was greatest when she gave all!
God was given all she had to work with. That’s why we can only imagine what happened next.
Then, as now, we know that true biblical prosperity is not an accident—it is a decision! It’s a decision that we, as believers, make based on the Word of God.
At some point, either before she went to the Temple or at the moment she approached the offering box, the widow made a conscious decision to give all she had toward God’s kingdom.
The choices we make under those circumstances can make all the difference in this life and the next.
Giving and Receiving
In 1974, I began serving my wonderful Lord in this glorious ministry that He has entrusted to my care. And it was in those early days that God allowed me to begin to understand the importance of my choices, especially when it comes to sowing and reaping.
I discovered that God’s laws concerning giving and receiving are fixed and immutable laws that no person and no circumstance can change. The Lord has promised that when you sow seed in faith, you will reap a harvest. That is an unfailing, eternal promise that cannot be broken.
Giving to God must be the result of our faith. It cannot be emotional, for emotional giving will not produce results. The kind of giving that always produces results—results that will never fail—is the kind born of faith.
The Word of God tells us, “Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also” (2 Corinthians 8:7).
In this passage Paul is talking about giving. He told the church in Corinth to abound in faith and also in giving. Our giving is the result of our faith! It is our faith that causes us to give to the work of God. It is our faith that results in the harvest: “Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11). God will place seed in the hands of the sower who is sowing in faith. And then He will multiply that seed.
The Bible goes on to promise that the Lord will enrich you and cause His divine bounty to overflow from your life. It is that faith that will keep you strong and steadfast, looking for and receiving your harvest with joy.
Planting Your Seed Today
Scripture encourages us to “not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).
As you sow your seed for souls today, in living faith, knowing that His Word is “yea and amen,” do so in the absolute confidence that your harvest is closer to you than ever!
Sow your seed today, believing His promise: “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days” (Ecclesiastes 11:1).
Do not look at your circumstances. Had the widow mentioned in Mark and Luke been ruled by her circumstances, she would have held tightly to those two coins, fearful that she might never eat another meal. Instead, she trusted God’s care.
Do not look at worldly conditions.
Keep your eyes on God’s promises and trust Him: “Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth” (Ecclesiastes 11:2). It is that kind of giving that will produce a mighty harvest and will deliver you from tomorrow’s troubles!
Only as we give with our eyes on God’s promises will we reap a hundredfold return, as Isaac did: “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great” (Genesis 26:12-13).
Only those who sow in faith, believing God’s promises, will grow, go forward, and have plenty!
So give today, looking to the “author and finisher” of your faith (Hebrews 12:2), for He will never leave you, nor ever forsake you, nor ever fail you!
My Gift to You
And as you sow your much-needed seed into the ministry today, I will send you a special gift to remind you of the widow’s mite. Her trust and generosity were so significant that the lesson of the giving is memorialized in Mark 12:38-44 and Luke 21:1-4.
I have obtained a number of widow’s mites from Israel, and I will send one to you for any gift. Your widow’s mite is suitable for display in your home, office, or church. Or you can use it as a pocket reminder to keep the message of godly giving at your fingertips.
What a great teaching tool this is to help you remember the widow’s faith-filled gift! It’s a powerful reminder of our Lord Jesus’ lesson. And it will make such a beautiful heirloom for your loved ones as you build a legacy of godly giving for generations to come.
Today people of God are receiving more and more revelation about God’s outpouring on their lives, and I want you to be a part of it. So as you plant your most generous seed today, act in faith as you move into a new dimension that can unlock the door to great blessing in your life, for our Lord Jesus promises, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).
Sow your seed with mighty expectation for today and the future, even as the widow offered her two mites! Now is the time to move into God’s supernatural economy. Your greatest days are ahead. Your future is much greater than your past and your tomorrows can be more prosperous than anything you have known before!
For we know it is “not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6)…
Preaching the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ,
teaching the unchanging Word of God, and
expecting the mighty and miraculous
power of the Holy Spirit,