Theme: THE CHILDREN OF THE KINGDOM
Text: “And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.” – Mark 12:43.
Comment: What counts with God is not the amount of money donated in support of His work but the amount of self sacrifice involved. This springs from willingness of mind. It was such willingness to do her duty that moved the widow who was seen by Jesus Christ putting money into the treasury. Whereas the rich cast in much she threw in two mites, which make a farthing, which the Twentieth Century New Testament renders as “two farthings, which make a half-penny”. Jesus Christ then told his disciples, that the poor widow hath cast more in: “For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living”. (Mark 12:41-44) Any activity in the work of God requires self-denial. One does not have to have so much or so much time to spare.
Even though the Jews were in the wilderness yet when called on them to donate for the building of the Tabernacle, they gave so much that Moses had to appeal to them not to bring again. (Exodus 35:21-29; 36:5-7) The good thing about giving for the work of God is that one does not lose in any way. The “Judge of all the earth” Who sees the heart will reward everyone according to his works, but the greater the sacrifice, the greater the reward.- Matthew 10:42; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.