Lent Day 12

Today’s Bible Reading:
Mark 12:41-44

The Widow’s Offering
41Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.
43Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

Verse of the Day:

Mark 12:43-44 40 Days of Lent

Devotional Reading:

Whew. 40 verses yesterday…only 4 today! 🙂

I absolutely love how direct and short this reading is.

Jesus sits near the collection box and watches people put in their money.
First of all, how many people would like this nowadays?? What if the Pastor did this?? Hmmmm.

Rich people come by and drop in lots of money.
A widow comes by and drops in 2 small coins.

How do you think she felt dropping in these coins in front of Jesus? Do you think she felt ashamed? How do we feel when the offering plate is passed down our row at church and someone puts in $20 when we put in $1 or a few quarters?

Jesus calls over the disciples to make a point and teach them (and us) a valuable lesson when it comes to giving.
Most people would think nothing of someone dropping 2 small coins into the offering plate. Jesus points out that she gave more than anyone else that day. They only gave a small portion of their abundance, but she – she gave it all – everything she had to live on.

What dependence on God!

How many times do we hold on to what we have with our closed fists?

She didn’t have a closed fist. No, she opened her hands and gave it all away.

I’m not so sure she felt ashamed. I can only imagine that maybe she felt a reassuring presence come over her and that she knew she had nothing to lose.

Her giving became a true sacrifice that honored God in every way possible.

The others left with their abundance.

God, give us the faith to reach deep down inside and give of ourselves in ways that sacrifice. Don’t let us become complacent with giving only out of our abundance. Teach us what it means to depend on You and to live with a faith like only You can give. Amen!

What stood out to you today from the story with the Widow’s offering?

~Starr

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7 thoughts on “Lent Day 12

  1. I’ve said it before. I have been that widow — figuratively. Literally given the last of what I had (or at times even what I did not have). And sometimes before I could even leave the building, I would be blessed (and yes even financially).

    So I know to trust Him, to tithe, to give. I have experienced the other side of that. And if even if there wasn’t an immediate result, it was still what needed to be done.

    But to be brutally honest and open, I haven’t been doing that here. I have given time. But not money. I don’t know why. And as I have some concerns about my job, reading this today was a reminder that He is my Provider. And He will take care of us. I need to get back to basics. And give (more than just my time).

    Was the widow embarrassed by what she gave? I don’t think so. I think she was humbled that she had something to give.

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    1. Melissa, I love your honesty and perspective. I would say that you are not alone in where you are right now. This is a lesson that so many of us need to hear. Especially me. I can be so quick to go out and buy things I don’t need, then slow to give to church and other ministries. God, break our hearts for what breaks yours and give us boldness to step up and take advantage of the opportunities we have to make a difference – with our time and money!

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  2. It seems as if the widow was proud to give the last of what she had. We should all remember that he doesn’t need our money just our faith. She remembered that. Help me walk in faith and give the Lord everything I have.

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  3. I think the widow was focused on showing honor to God, maybe somehow knowing that God knew it was all she had to offer. I firmly believe that putting God first with paying tithes will always work. God has always come through for me, even when I wondered how he would make it all right. If we can trust him in providing for us, we will be amazed at how he blesses us.

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  4. I agree Freida, Kenny and I have been that widow women and sometimes didn’t know how we would pay tithe, bills and eat BUT God ALWAYS makes a way. We just have to trust him and his ways. Walk by faith not by sight.

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  5. It wasn’t until way later in life that I became truly faithful in tithing. It was usually the last thing after the bills etc then God, but then when tithing became first, it was a blessing to watch how God blessed and provided when there just was no way to make it all happen. God will make away…now days…there’s no question, the tithes are first. A few times a few years ago, there was no way to make it to the end of the month if we paid tithes, but God was ALWAYS on time!!! It’s all about faith…the woman knew she had to honor Jesus, even with her last cent. If only we lived with that kind of honor today!

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