Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, October 3, 2021


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: 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 12:43, 44.

Comment: From this incident our Lord makes us to understand that what matters with God is not the size of the donation but the amount of love and self-sacrifice it represents. While the rich were putting bigger amounts into the offertory box, the woman put in a very small amount – two mites, which make a farthing,

Jesus then told his disciples that the amount put in by the poor widow in the sight of God was higher than that of all the rich people who had put in more because she did not give a part of what she had but all she had. The faith shown by the widow is a reminder of that of the woman of Zarephath who gave Elijah the prophet the only food she had at home, which she was preparing for herself and her son, on the basis of the promise that the food would not finish.  She believed the word of the Lord and the promise fulfilled on her, in that they all had more than enough to eat until the hunger in the land ended. (1 Kings 17:11-16) Truly, when we honour the LORD with our substance, and with the firstfruits of all our increase, our barns will be filled with plenty, and our presses “shall burst out with new wine”. – Proverbs 3:9, 10.