The widow’s mite…

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Mark 12:41 (Jesus) sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43 Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” 

On its face it seems absurd for Jesus to suggest that the widow, who gave almost nothing, gave more than the large sums of the rich people. But of course Jesus isn’t referring to the monetary total here. The currency of the Kingdom of God isn’t dollars, but faith. You might remember Jesus saying:

For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)

Money can’t move the mountain, but faith can. The widow demonstrated extravagant faith, so there’s no telling what God was able to do with her small offering. I have some mountains in my own life. In my family. In the church I lead. In myself. This morning I’m wondering what it would look like for me to demonstrate extravagant faith as I stand at the base of these mountains – like the widow.

Lord give me faith like the poor widow who was rich in you. And give me rest as I struggle with sickness in my chest and lungs. Your Kingdom come in me today. Amen.

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