Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
- Mark 12:41-44
My wife lamented recently, when we got our “giving card” from the church. She said, “The church relies on the ‘money people’ to keep an eye on the budget. The ‘money people’ rely on the rich people in the church to keep us near the budget. The rich people rely on their end-of-the-year bonus, or they simply do not give to the church at all. Does anyone rely on God?”
By the way, my wife and I do not give our last cent to the church, but what is left is probably less than the amount the below-average church member saves for rainy day spending. And to think, I heard a money person say once that if each family had one person giving 10% of a minimum wage income, the church would have a surplus. Yet, how many churches operate on a deficit?
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.