“Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:41-44) Throughout the Old Testament, God’s people are called to “tithe”. The Hebrew word for “tithe” means “to take a tenth part” and emphasized the need to give back to God at least 1/10 of all that they are able to grow which applied to both plant and animal growth. From the very beginning, God’s people would “tithe” as a way of thanking God for all aspects of life, whether it was for simply being able to grow and provide for one’s family or for victory in battle or to mark an important life event. Eventually, however, with the rise of the priestly orders and their position over the religious life of the people, giving to the temple became more of a tax: set amount that was required to be given to upon entering the temple. This shift also included a change from the people giving as a way of thanksgiving to giving out of obligation and giving as a symbol of status. However, Jesus turned the tables over! Jesus tells the disciples that the amount given does not matter as much as the sacrifice that is made in giving. He said that the poor widow “has put in more than all those...for they have contributed out of their abundance; but she… has put in everything she had.” Through Jesus’ statement about the widow’s giving, Jesus not only takes the focus of giving and puts it back on thanksgiving to God but he also challenges how and why we give. The “tithe” of the OT allowed the Jews to know that what they were giving was an appropriate amount but Jesus takes it further and call us to give as the widow did. He calls us to sacrificial giving: giving what we believe God is calling us to give even when giving requires a sacrifice on our part. God isn't looking for us to give an exact amount or give more than someone else, God wants us to give as our way of thanking God for all that we have. Of course God does not want us to live without, but only when we give all that we can are we able to see how much more God will bless us!