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 pence. 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.”
With great flamboyance, many of the rich gave a large offering to the temple, but a poor widow, demurely threw in everything that she owned, two mites in the treasury. Seems like a simple act to me, but to Jesus her sacrifice was pregnant with meaning.
The ‘simple’ act arrested Jesus’ attention and he called His disciples to Him to commend her act….for He reckoned it more than a combination of all the gifts given by the wealthy individuals.
This old lady scarcely had enough for herself, still she sacrificed and gave everything to Christ. She gave out of faith and love.
Though her offering may have proved insignificant to those around her, it was the greatest gift she could have offered in the eyes of God. He acknowledged her sacrifice. He recognized her motive. He appreciated her love.
Some of us are like the woman in our scriptural focus – we are broken and poor. Sin has robbed us of our blessing – husband, girlfriend, job, peace and we now grieve, we are disappointed, we are bruised, we are widowed….and to add insult to injury we are poor – poor in spirit, poor in faith, poor in might.
To the world our little may seem insignificant, and not appropriate to use to give to God as our gift but He sees the blessing in the broken, the inspiration in the insignificant and the greater good in our seemingly bad situation.
God has a place and purpose for the broken and poor and He wants us to give Him our mites, our brokenness, our hurts, our everything….so that He can turn it into something marvelous, beautiful, helpful and eternal.
We may not be positioned to give the fanciest and most lavished gifts to God or to others but with whatever little we have, though it be broken and few, it can be used for a great purpose for the cause of Christ.
My challenge to you today is, trust God with your mites, your brokenness, your disappointments.
(c) 2014, Dentrecia Blanchette