The book of Mark describes an amazing scene that should help us understand a few things about money. Mark 12:41-44 describes a scene in which Jesus and His disciples are near the place where people were bringing in their offerings. Rich individuals were bringing in large sums. But Jesus notes that they were giving out of their abundance. The thing that Jesus wanted His disciples to see was the poor widow who put in two small copper coins. Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box” (Mark 12:43).
It wasn’t the amount of the gift that Jesus wanted the disciples to notice. He wanted them to see the faith that prompted the gift. This poor widow without a husband to help and support her put her life in the hands of God as she gave this gift. Jesus noted that she put in everything that she had, all she had to live on (Mk 12:44). We who believe in God’s grace and mercy are able to evidence our trust and faith by not clinging to every dollar that comes our way. So, maybe this will get people angry, but the truth is, a gift given, no matter how large, without faith, is not pleasing to God; even if it has a dozen zeros at the end of the number. However, a person trusting in Jesus, placing even the equivalent of a couple of pennies into an offering plate, doing so in faith does something which has great value in the eyes of God.
Perhaps you have heard of the millions given to this charity or that one; perhaps you have heard of the billions given to this foundation and pledged to that one. Notice that all those gifts given without faith will fade into history and be forgotten. However, the gift given in faith, like the example given in Mark 12, even if it be just a small amount in the eyes of the world will be remembered by God who cares for and supports His children.