As I drove in to work there was a news report that said, despite moves to decrease the divide between rich and poor in the last decade there remains an enormous disparity. Those in the higher earning occupations can accumulate over £900,000 in assets for their retirement while those in low income may have as little as £8000. How low our income and how high does not create a disparity in how generous we can be in the eyes of God. Take this story from Jesus’ life as a look at God’s point of view.

‘Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions. One poor widow came up and put in two small coins—a measly two cents. Jesus called his disciples over and said, “The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.’ Mark 12:41 (The Message)

Jesus watches as people bring their offerings of money. He sees the careless way that some of those with expendable income put in their offering. He is not impressed that appearance is the only consideration they give. When the widow puts in her two small coins it catches Jesus’ attention because it goes deeper. Out of her poverty she gives more generously than those who give much simply because what she gave, she gave with her heart.

Lord Jesus, help us when we give, whatever our income or how much we give, to give generously with our hearts. Whether we support others less advantaged than ourselves with little or much, let it be generous in your sight because we do it with a heart of love. Amen.