Aug 15, 2012

Wednesday in the Word: A Handful of Rice and a Widow's Offering

The Widow’s Offering  
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 cents. 

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.”

                                                            Mark 12:41-44

Jesus watched! He intentionally sat to watch and took the opportunity to teach his disciples. I included the video above on very small gifts in India which have made a profound difference for a community.

A few questions:

How can I give a handful of rice in my community?

What if Jesus is watching as I give; what would he say of me?

The widow gave all she had. What would it look like for me to give all I have?

What, if anything am I holding back? Is there anything I would be unwilling to let go of?

What if I gave that thing up, and others in our community gave their all as well, could we change our church, our community and our nation?
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