1 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 "Truly I tell you," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."
Prayer: Lord, teach me to give. Help me to be inspired by this person who put her faith in you and her life in your hands in trust.
John Calvin abridged: Whatever we offer God ought not to be estimated by apparent value but of the heart. So the poor who appear not to have the power to do good are encouraged. This also is a rebuke to the wealthy to not be proud of their gifts just because they surpass the gifts of the poor. This widow's obvious piety testifies that she and all she possessed belonged to God. It may also be noted that the offerings were not used properly, but that should not discourage givers to do what was holy and in obedience to God's commands.