What the homeless person did at The First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina last Sunday worship service, is a reminder of the most fascinating story of the New Testament, story of the widow in Mark 12:41-44 (NKJV)
Each Sunday in our worship service we take an offering. Do you think Jesus is interested in how much money we put in the offering plate?
The Bible says that “Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12:41-44 (NKJV)
Lesson from the Widow’s Gift
Jesus asserts that the widow’s gift was of greater value, not because of the amount she gave, but because of the amount she kept for herself, which was zero. Everyone else (rich, poor and in-between), Jesus tells us, gave out of “their abundance” (vs. 44). And such gifts, no matter how much, had less value to God. Jesus wanted them to realize was that the poor widow’s gift was a great value, because she gave even though she was in need herself. The message to us is that we are never too poor to give. We are never too impoverished to help someone else.
God is not concerned about the size of our gifts. God cares about the “size” of our faith.