The Widow’s Offering – Mark 12

            “Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not out of regret or compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Berean Study Bible) How’s your heart of giving?

            Jesus sat in the temple observing people. He observed some wealthy people who walked up to the treasury box and, maybe with some pomp, dropped large amounts into it. Then He saw a widow who walked up, seemingly unnoticed, and dropped in two small copper coins. Jesus, who knows all men’s hearts, was not impressed by the former at all, but only by the latter.

            He called the disciples over and used this as a teachable moment. “I tell you the truth, 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.” (Mark 12:43-44 NIV)

            He did not condemn the others for how much they gave; that was not the point. They may have given generously. His point was her sacrifice. She gave all she had.

            Maybe you give generously of your finances: Great! The church needs that to pay its pastor and meet its bills! Maybe you give generously of your time: Awesome! I spoke with a friend the other day who wondered if what she did made any difference. She said that she hoped she was influencing the lives in her care. Maybe you give generously of your talents: Amazing! Preachers feed the flock! Worship leaders and musicians aid in directing hearts toward the Lord! Maybe you give generously of your skills: Tremendous! The church needs accountants, janitors, Sunday school teachers, grounds keepers! The story is told of a man who cleaned the trams, who also cleaned the floors of the theater where his church met. He was blessed to see each of his sons kneel in prayer to trust the Lord on those floors he cleaned.

            God takes each gift we give from a cheerful heart and blesses them. He uses what ever we give to further His kingdom. Give generously of yourself, “For God loves a cheerful giver.”

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