Our scripture this morning is Mark 12:41-44.
Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”
How much are we giving for the work of the Lord? This story talks about a poor widow’s contribution, but Jesus asks for more than our money. The coming of the kingdom isn’t based on any man made thing, least of all things money.
I believe this lesson begins with money as something people understand, however there is much more to following Him. Our monetary contribution is important – caring for those in need, supporting missionary work and such – but it’s not the only thing we need to give. We have been given gifts we are called to employ in reaching all people for Christ.
One denomination uses the phrase “prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness” as a reminder of what is required of us. Jesus wants us to be complete in our love of God and each other. When we use what we have been given in loving service, we are giving more than just our surplus, we are living for Him.
Heavenly Father, we are thankful for all You have given us. Help us to use all our gifts wisely for the good of Your children. Amen.