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."
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury.And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on."
The Jews were instructed to give to the Temple and to the poor as part of their service to God. (So are we). One day Jesus sat at the Temple and watched people putting money into the offering boxes. Some people were rich and gave lots of money. Some gave money, but were unhappy about it. Then an poor woman, a widow, came up to the boxes.
The poor woman put two of the smallest coins there were in the offering box. The disciples with Jesus weren't very impressed, but Jesus said this woman has given more than any other today. How could that be? Jesus said it was because it was all she had.
How did the woman think she would buy dinner that night? She trusted in God to provide for her. She obeyed God's command, knowing that He would fulfill His promise to care for her in return. We must trust God the same way. Matt 6:33 says: "Seek first the kingdom of God and Hid righteousness and all these things (food, clothes, etc) will be added unto you."
WOW This story hit home for me tonight. As in the previous post I am leaving for Honduras in one week!! At church we have been collecting t-shirts to take to the people in Honduras. For them to get a "new" (our used ones) shirt is a HUGE deal!!! (Just yet another thing we take for grant it...clothes on our back- I'll save that for another post) So we have received TONS of shirts, unfortunately we can not take all of them but we taking some. Not only have we received shirt donations but also money to help pay for the cost of an extra bag (Yep it cost $200!!!!!) and for the cost of the trip in general. So an older lady came up to me tonight and handed me a one dollar bill...she said it's not much but I hope it helps! I was speechless because the Widow's mite story came to my mind. I thanked her knowing she did all that she could. Just tonight at church we received almost $300 BUT that one dollar means more to me than the other $299!! I am so thankful for all of the people who are generous enough to help especially the lady who gave "all she had!!"
Again I ask for your prayers more than anything!!
Romans 8:28-And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
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