Our scripture this morning is Mark 12:41-44.
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. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.
I’ve always been a little confused by this passage, especially as a child. Why would Jesus praise someone who gave so little? Jesus Himself gives me the answer in verse 44 “but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Then I find myself ashamed and amazed at the lesson here.
Our church giving is not a regular topic of conversation at dinner – perhaps it should be. I’m not here to give a sermon on stewardship but I would like you to think about what you put into God’s kingdom. Yes, there is more to giving than just money but it is an important part now just as in the time of this lesson.
The widow in this story goes all in. She is effectively saying “I trust You, Lord with all that I have and all that I am.” That’s a pretty heavy commitment, but God asks and deserves no less.
Loving Lord, all good gifts are from You and belong to You. Help us make good decisions about our resources and use them wisely for the good of all Your children. Amen.