Mark Mark 12:41-44
The Widow’s Offering
41 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. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
What happens when you give an offering to God?
Jesus had gone to the temple to see what people were offering. He noticed that many rich people threw large amounts, back then there was no Google Pay or any kind of online payment, so they put it into the box.
When people put in a heavy amount of offering a sound would come when it falls into the box.
People would give offerings just for name’s sake and to show that they were offering more than what others were putting.
What Jesus noticed there was that a widow put just coins and he told his disciples that this lady has put the highest amount among all the people.
What you must understand is that “Heaven’s counting is not earth’s”
What is less here on earth can be huge in heaven.
The widow gave everything that she had without thought of what she would have for her living.
This is Rich people’s offering
Poor person’s offering.
Your big offerings may not impress Jesus.
Jesus looks at things differently.
What is the principle here?
It is not the size of the offering but the size of the sacrifice.
When the rich people put in their offering, They had put in no sacrifice but when the widow gave her offering that was her sacrifice.
God loves the poor! But does that mean he does not love the rich?
No that’s not true.
God does not look at the economy or the financial status.
He loves everyone equally.
What impresses Jesus is how much of our heart we give to him.
Our offering should be love offering.
Throwing money into the offering box does not bring happiness to God, however huge the amount is.
This lady did not know how she would pay off for her next meal yet she gave her offering to God.
She loved God 100 percent.
Now after reading this if you understand that giving big amounts is not necessary to the church, then that’s not what I meant to say.
What I really mean here is that whatever you give, give wholeheartedly and out of love for God and not for any other selfish season or to show others the amount you have given.
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
Mary was chosen by God as a vessel to bring the Savior!
The opposite of rich is poor which we can also understand is hungry.
Do not understand this in a normal human sense,
Hungry here means spiritually hungry.
Anybody can be hungry, irrespective of their financial status.
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
The widow was financially poor but spiritually rich.
She had a heart of giving and this action was something he did because of the love she had for God!
What we must pray for is a huge heart of giving and understanding that God does not look at our status or wealth but he looks at our heart and our love for him!
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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