The Widow’s Mite

If you attended Sunday School when you were younger, you probably heard the story of “The Widow’s Mite.” For those who haven’t heard it, I’ll share it with you.

Jesus was at the temple with His disciples one day. He noticed the rich putting their gifts in the treasury. Then, He saw a poor widow put in two coins that equaled the value of about a penny.

He called His disciples over and said:

 “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” (Luke 21:3-4)

We glorify people who give huge donations to charity. We praise them publicly and talk about how they are willing to give so much to other people.

That is not how God sees it at all. He is happy that they have given, but He sees the amounts so much differently than we do.

Where we just see who donates the highest amount, God sees the value more in percentages. 

Example of How God sees It

A wealthy woman gives $2 million to the charity, Direct Relief, which really is an awesome charity. Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.  

A young man in college gives $200 to Direct Relief, the same charity.

Society would say the woman gave more, but God says the young man gave more. 

The Wealthy Woman’s net worth is $240 million, so $2 million is less than 1% of her net worth. More accurately, it is .834% of her net worth. 

The Young Man’s net worth is $800 that he has in a savings account, so $200 is 25% of his net worth. 

So, in God’s eyes, the young man gave more than 25 times (25% to 1%) what the wealthy woman gave. Don’t get me wrong, God is happy with both their gifts, but He sees that the young man gave more.

There was one more person in the story. Another college student who happens to be the other young man’s roommate. He gave $2.

He really doesn’t have a net worth. He received a full scholarship to college. His single mother can’t afford to send him money on a regular basis, but just the day before, he had received a birthday card from his mother and she had put $2 in it.      

In God’s eyes, this second young man is just like the widow. He gave all that he had, and to God, His gift is way more than the other two!

God sees things so much differently than we do. In His word He says:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Please feel free to share your thoughts or any questions you have below!

Yours In Christ,

Shiloh Mandi Griffin, M.Ed.

Founder of

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1 comment on “The Widow’s Mite

  1. Kelly Anders

    This account is a very accurate view of how God views giving. God loves a cheerful giver and we all could learn a valuable lesson from the widow’s mite. Thank you for the article. God bless!


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