The Widow’s Offering—Day 5

By on Apr 14, 2017 in The Widow's Offering | 1 comment

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...

The Widow’s Offering—Day 4

By on Apr 13, 2017 in The Widow's Offering |

The Widow’s Offering—Day 4 Mark 12: 41-44 “A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.”  We meditate on our devotional passage recalling Jesus’ observation of the widow woman that gave “two small copper coins.” The two small copper coins were two lepta. A single lepta was a day’s wage for a common laborer. Therefore, this widow not only gave two day’s wages, but it was all she had. The poor woman could have very easily rationalized giving one coin to the temple and keeping one coin for herself. This was an altogether selfless sacrifice. Typically, people, first and foremost, consider their wellbeing when determining to do good for others or give a financial contribution. We may have all of the expenses that go along with living sensibly i.e. food, clothing, housing, car insurance and so on. Nevertheless, we must...

The Widow’s Offering—Day 3

By on Apr 12, 2017 in The Widow's Offering |

The Widow’s Offering—Day 3 Mark 12: 41-44 “And many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.” It is unfortunate that our society is so strongly influenced by classism. Those who have more than others are not always accepted among those who have less. Those who have less are rarely welcomed among those who have more. Classism for a long time is how we have judged who’s in or who’s out. Often times positions of influence are dispensed based on what one has. We judge one’s worth according to their economic status. During biblical times, it was not unusual for the priest to be influenced by classism because the priests viewed small gifts with contempt. The priests enjoyed the contributions of wealthy landowners who lived in the city, Jewish businessmen and merchants of the Diaspora who journeyed...

The Widow’s Offering—Day 2

By on Apr 11, 2017 in The Widow's Offering |

The Widow’s Offering—Day 2 Mark 12: 41-44 “And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said 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.” We begin today’s devotional meditating on the role our attitude plays in our service to God. If we would be honest with ourselves, too often the attitude is, ‘God is just glad that I showed up.’ Our passage suggests God is more interested in our heart’s attitude toward him than the appearance of devotion. The passage reads, “And He sat...

The Widow’s Offering

By on Apr 10, 2017 in The Widow's Offering |

The Widow’s Offering Mark 12: 41-44 “And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said 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.” We begin this week’s devotional meditating on the tension between insincere righteousness and wholehearted devotion to God. That seems to be a place where many professing believers find themselves. We strongly desire to be wholehearted to God in our devotion, however, we find ourselves being insincere in our righteousness. Far too long many have...