Mark 12:43-44, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

When we give from our large excess it goes unnoticed by God. Don’t get me wrong. When you give to the Lord and give it wholeheartedly God is honored, especially if given with cheer in our heart. Its just that when the poor gives and give with all their heart, got takes special notice.

In this passage in the gospel according to Mark, Jesus noticed and commended more the the humble woman who gave all that she has more than the rich man who gave so much with so much fanfare. To people with money to spare, two pieces of copper coins, probably worth not more than 2 pesos, that amount can be smirked at or even ignored. To God, who made the heavens and the earth, Creator of all things, it made a greater impact to Him, not the one who gave so much from his riches.

One time, I was listening to singer turned Pastor, Ray An Fuentes about giving. He used this passage to illustrate a point. As I understood it, that point is that you have not really started giving until you have given everything.

It made me think.

Me and my family faithfully tithe and God has been faithful in providing for all our needs. We then skimp on a lot things to save and make ends meet. I think God is teaching me to put my complete trust in Him and give more, which I have not really done. Please note that I have two kids to put through school. We have to make rent, pay bills, like normal people. We need to eat, have good clothes and so on and so forth.

But this woman who also needs all those things, who should really save all that she had, gave all to God, through His church. Yes, it is small, but it’s her all. Jesus noticed that and she was honored and was remembered from then on until today as we read the account.

Friends, if we say we depend everything on God, then why can’t we give more. I’m not saying I am giving more, but God is teaching me to become not a storage of blessing but a channel where God’s provision will pass through.

I know many of us will struggle with this issue of giving more but it’s the truth. But reflect on this, how can God fill a cup which is still full? The contents of that cup will become stale if not used. Ray An Fuentes illustrated this to us. God, the owner of everything waits to fill us with more blessings. He’s just waiting for us to make room for more.