35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, "How is it that the teachers of the law say that the Christ is the son of David?
36 David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: "'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet."'
37 David himself calls him 'Lord.' How then can he be his son?" The large crowd listened to him with delight.
38 As he taught, Jesus said, "Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the marketplaces,
39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
40 They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely."
41 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.
42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything--all she had to live on."
As disciples of Jesus we have to go through spiritual training.One of them is financial discipline.Verse 41 says Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put into the temple treasury and I believe he still watches today.
I believe giving is a heart issue not a money issue. Our purse strings and heart strings are connected.How are we faring in the money test? Is it in proportion to our income? When our salary in-creases does our giving increase? Are we living within our means? 10% to God,10% to savings and live of the rest.Do we have a budget? What changes do we need to make in our giving to pass the money test? Remember Jesus is watching !!!
Modify our giving that will make Jesus smile!