Again, we see two very different types of people represented in these two parts of scripture:
Part 1 - And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
Part 2 - And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:38-44 ESV)
Similarly, Jesus looked at both of them. He noticed details about their appearance and actions. Yet there is a huge difference. The actions of group one (the scribes) cause Jesus to remind us that they were earning condemnation. The actions of the poor woman earned applause from heaven.
For you and I, we will be seen by God in everything we do and we want to please God with our actions and attitude. However, we will also be seen by others even if we aren’t trying. When others see us our hope should be that when they look at us they see Jesus. So, if the only Jesus that people will see is the Jesus in you, what kind of Jesus are they seeing? Let us be reminded and be effected by the thought that we are a walking gospel presentation today and that we want a pure gospel shared to each person who encounters us.