The Widow’s Offering—Day 5
Mark 12: 41-44
“Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
We conclude this week’s devotional observing how Jesus used the widow’s example to help the disciples appreciate what selfless sacrifice looks like.
To the disciples, the wealthy land owners, businessmen and merchants were making significant contributions and so much more could be accomplished with their greater donations.
Does that sound familiar? We often believe we can accomplish more because of more resources.
It is so easy to overlook a few pennies, but what can God do with a few pennies? He can do the same with a few pennies that he can do with a billion pennies.
It is not the amount of offerings that determine what God can accomplish.
Jesus arrested the misguided thinking of the disciples, he says to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
Jesus says, “This poor widow put in more.” What was the value of two almost worthless coins in comparison to such generosity from the wealthy?
To leave the disciples comparing the two worthless coins to the generosity of the wealthy would have prevented them from appreciating the message Christ was teaching—total commitment to God is priceless.
There is no price we could ever place on God. So, it does not matter what we give. We give without withholding from him, because of our commitment to him.
Those we are committed to we share with them what we have—even when it is our last.
Question: How committed are you to Christ?
Our devotional passage presents a poor nameless widow intentionally. This passage concludes Jesus’ public ministry here in the gospel of Mark. The sacrifice of “All she had” is the foundation of faith.
Throughout this gospel Jesus challenges everyone to leave behind everything to follow him. If we are not prepared to give up everything for him, then how can we follow him?
When she gave her all, the widow woman’s undivided heart was magnified. When our hearts belong solely to the Lord, whatever gift we give to him is welcomed and blessed.
He wants more than just our gifts, he wants our hearts.
Question: The gifts you give unto the Lord, do they come from your heart?
Lord, as we close this weekly devotional, we pray to live with an undivided heart, Amen.