The Widow’s Mite
by Gilbert C. Carpenter, Jr.
The Bible states that once when Jesus beheld a certain poor widow cast two mites into the treasury of the temple, “he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasure: for all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” (Mark)
Jesus was not judging from a material, but from a spiritual standpoint. He saw in the woman’s consciousness a quality of thought that caused him to place more value on her gift than on those of all the rest.
Christian Science shows that this simple episode involves a scientific law which, when properly applied, will heal poverty, as well as other discords. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stated, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” and again, “Give, and it shall be given unto you.” As Mrs. Eddy writes, “God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for to-morrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment.” (Mis.)
Jesus commended this woman, not because she was making a supreme human self-sacrifice, as many earnest thinkers have taught, but because she was giving according to an ever-operative divine law. Just as a small key will open the largest treasure vault, so faith, advanced to the understanding that supply is spiritual, is the key that will open “the windows of heaven.”
What a joyous lesson grows out of this simple story when interpreted by Christian Science! No longer does it suggest, “Give till it hurts,” but it illustrates the scientific method of giving, which enriches both giver and receiver.
Here Christian Scientists learn how to give scientifically and that the thought which accompanies one’s offering is of the utmost importance. Whatever the amount may be that one has to give, it must be given as the expression of the faith that God will supply every need, the faith that understands His infinite abundance, and that is unselfish enough to give what it can today, taking no thought for the morrow. This demonstration of the spiritual law of giving will find expression also in an increasing prosperity for themselves.
I see myself as God’s own child,
As perfect in His sight;
I see my brother man, as well,
A perfect child of light.
Then to complete my prayer,
I see him seeing me seeing him,
As perfect in Love’s sight.